Arts for Learning Northwest

Arts for Learning Northwest was founded in 1958, under the name Young Audiences of Oregon, as a local chapter of the nation’s largest arts-in-education organization. In 1989, the Portland-based organization merged with a smaller chapter in Vancouver to become Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington. We have steadily grown in scope and programming, offering a full range of educational arts programming in multiple disciplines and cultures—the only arts organization in the region to do so.

An inaugural partner of Right Brain since 2008, Arts for Learning NW manages the daily work of our teaching artists and arts integration coaches.

Dr. Jenn Kortona, 3 Looms, Evaluation Partner

Dr. Jenn Kortona is a Creative Education Consultant and Evaluator.  She has worked in Arts Education for over 20 years in almost every capacity, as a classroom teacher, teaching artist, school administrator, arts administrator, graduate professor, consultant and performer. She has seen the work from every angle. It is this unique perspective that allows Jenn to be flexible in her thinking when it comes to how best to serve educators, schools and cultural organizations and foundations.

She joined the team during the 2021-22 school year and completed an in-depth evaluation and recommendation for Right Brain's future.

The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, National Partner

The Kennedy Center, based in Washington, DC, has provided quality arts educational experiences through performances, residencies, workshops, conferences, career development programs, symposia, and on-line and print resources for more than 35 years. In the past year, the Center’s education programs have directly impacted more than 16 million people across the nation. The educational mission of the Kennedy Center is to foster understanding of and participation in the arts through exemplary programs and performances for diverse populations of all ages that represent the unique cultural life and heritage of the United States.

The Kennedy Center has a formal relationship with The Right Brain Initiative through the Partners in Education program.

Partner School Districts

Right Brain's partner school districts invest funds to cover teaching artists fees and materials for Right Brain classroom artist residencies. Professional development workshops for school staff and on-site arts integration coaching are covered through other funding streams, at no cost to the district. Representatives from partner districts also serve on Right Brain's Operating Committees, helping to shape the direction of the program to best meet district and school needs.

  • Corbett School District
  • Gresham-Barlow School District
  • Hillsboro School District
  • Oregon Trail School District
  • Oregon Department of Education (The Ivy School)
  • Parkrose School District

See a full map of Right Brain partner schools.

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