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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The Right Brain Initiative

May 12, 2015

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has just awarded The Right Brain Initiative a $30,000 grant!

A program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), The Right Brain Initiative engages young minds by integrating art in school curriculums. The program was launched in 2009, and has grown to reach over 20,000 local students in a single school year.

The grant will go towards building creative capacity for over 600 teachers and 80 teaching artists and arts organizations. This is Right Brain’s fourth grant from NEA, and its largest yet.

Right Brain not only encourages student creativity, it also has a positive effect in other subjects as well. Right Brain Schools see students averaging 6 points higher in reading scores and 9 points higher in math scores than before working with the program. English Language Learners’ scores increased the most – 10 times more after Right Brain!

Check out The Right Brain Initiative’s website to learn more about this great arts program. 

Photo courtesy of RACC.