The Right Brain Initiative (r)

The Right Brain Initiative is an arts-integration program of Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington.  While we have been an essential partner in the Right Brain since its inception, we were fortunate to take over management of the program in January 2020.  The initiative is a unique partnership between schools districts, local governments, private donors and the cultural community in the Portland Metro region (Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties).


The future is going to be a whole new ballgame. Whether it’s cleaning up our oceans or working on self-driving cars, one thing we know is the world is going to be way different than it is today. And that means people are going to need every ounce of their brains to figure it out. Every bit of our imaginations, innovations and abilities will be needed to see things in new ways, or invent things we have yet to understand.

The Right Brain Initiative is here to help change the way kids learn in the Portland metro area by bringing discovery, collaboration and creativity into the classroom. Creative thinking is the secret sauce when supporting kids’ abilities to problem solve, innovate and think critically. By introducing new ways to learn, kids will become more engaged students.

We make change by:

  • Training educators to weave creative thinking into core subjects
  • Enabling collaboration between the arts community and K-8 teachers in the Portland region’s school districts
  • Being community partners, bringing together the resources of artists, school districts, local governments and businesses to delight, challenge and empower kids

Our Vision

The Right Brain Initiative transforms learning for all children through the arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking.


  • Equity
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability

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