Archive | June, 2011

We’re Looking for Teaching Artists!

28 Jun

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

It’s that time of year again…where the application process is open for all residency and performance artists wanting to become Roster Artists with Young Audiences.

Following is just the basic information…

Young Audiences is looking for teaching artists who…

  • are committed to inspiring the imaginations of young people
  • know the craft of their art forms deeply, through study and experience, and have their own dynamic artistic practices
  • bring young people into the world of their art forms, and embolden them to explore
  • see themselves as learners and teachers, and seek out opportunities for growth
  • show a willingness to collaborate
  • have experience with, and strategies for, working with the complexities and challenges of school environments
  • are based in the Portland metropolitan area

We welcome applications from residency and performing artists in all disciplines. Our programs are based in a 10-county area in Oregon and SW Washington. Schools (especially elementary schools) are the largest populations served, and some programming takes place in community settings. Some of our roster artists also choose to become arts providers for the Right Brain Initiative, through Young Audiences. Applications are due August 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm. For more information and to access the application, please go to ”Services for Artists” on our website:


Run For The Arts Exceeded Our Fundraising Goal

24 Jun

Run For The Arts

Schools from Portland to Hermiston and Young Audiences have completed one of the most successful years with the Run For The Arts. School districts have been forced to continue making damaging cuts to arts programs, leaving students much less artistic exposure and engagement in their primary and secondary education. The biannual jogathon has raised over $730,000 which will benefit nearly 22,000 students for residencies and performances by over 100 professional teaching artists, teacher professional development and much needed art supplies. This year’s amount represents an almost 10% increase over last year, sprinting past fundraising projections and expectations. The total-raised-to-date has risen to nearly $13 million since the inception of the program in 1977.

The fall and spring runs consisted of a total of 83 schools in 13 districts across 6 counties. While all participating schools are worthy of praise and recognition, Sabin, Glencoe and Woodstock elementary schools doubled the money they raised from the previous year. Also noteworthy, are W.L. Henry Elementary, whom we welcome back after a long hiatus and newcomer Southwest Charter School. For a complete list of participating schools, please visit our website

The Run For The Arts was sponsored by local businesses Oregon Screen Impressions and the Fred Meyer Fund. Participating students were awarded prizes from Binney & Smith, Northwest Children’s Theater, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Children’s Museum and Portland Youth Philharmonic.

New Young Audiences Executive Director

23 Jun

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Denis Hickey, a longtime teacher, administrator and arts in education advocate in the Portland metro area, has been appointed Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning Oregon & Southwest Washington.

Hickey previously worked in the North Clackamas School District for more than 30 years. Most recently, he was the Associate Director, K-12 Curriculum, where he successfully directed four major arts initiatives. He was also a co-founder and director of Sojourner School, a national award-winning elementary school in Milwaukie, OR, noted for its rigorous liberal arts curriculum and exceptional student performance. A longtime volunteer with many organizations that promote arts in education, Hickey holds a Master’s in Education Administration from Lewis & Clark College.

“I strongly believe the arts will lead the way to the reform all stakeholders want to see in education, and I am deeply committed to nurturing our partnerships with schools, artists and the community to make sure every child achieves his or her potential,” Hickey said.

At a time when school budgets are declining and Young Audiences’ programs are more vital than ever, Hickey’s expertise in the educational system is very valuable, according to Young Audiences President Al Davidian.

“Our chapter is experiencing tremendous growth as school administrators seek to leverage their funds and produce improved outcomes,” Davidian said. “Denis will help us manage that growth and still reach as many children as we can.”

Hickey succeeds Gail Hayes-Davis, who is retiring after five years as Executive Director. During that time she increased both the visibility and individual donor contributions through Mad Hot Ballroom, where 5th graders perform what they have learned in dance residencies with artists. She introduced the Right Brain Initiative to the metro area and subsequently became the Implementation Partner for the initiative, and helped secure the largest arts in education grant given for Innovation in Education, i3 with Beaverton School District, Arts for Learning Lessons. In May, she received Young Audiences’ Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime support of the arts. Hayes-Davis plans to travel with her husband and spend time in Central Oregon pursuing her passion for painting.

Great News About One of Our Board Members

17 Jun

We here at Young Audiences are pleased to announce that our own Board Member, L. Jan Robertson, has received a pretty substantial promotion at the company where she works.  Following is the official press release;

Portland, Oregon (June 13, 2011) – Norris, Beggs & Simpson Companies, one of Portland’s oldest and largest full-service commercial real estate companies, is ushering in a new era in its leadership, including its first female CEO. Jan Robertson will serve as NBS Companies’ CEO, while J. Clayton Hering will be

Chairman of the Board. Two of the company’s divisions are gaining new presidents: Chris Johnson will serve as President of NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson, and Ken Griggs will be President of NBS Financial Services. The attached chart illustrates the new structure.

Robertson’s career path has been unique. She joined NBS in 1981 in an administrative position, and quickly rose into management, becoming a partner in 1993. She has served as CFO since 2005. Robertson is involved in many industry organizations, including IREM and NAIOP. She is also a strong supporter of arts in education, holding leadership positions in organizations such as Young Audiences and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

“Jan is simply the best person to run this company,” Hering said. “As CFO she’s had to make tough decisions, which she has ably done, while always keeping the well-being of our employees and clients first and foremost.”

Steve Janik, founding partner and Chairman of Ball Janik LLP, has worked extensively with the company and Robertson.

“Jan is dedicated, tenacious and loyal, and will excel as CEO,” Janik said. “Norris, Beggs & Simpson has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, and Jan is ideally suited to lead the company. This new management structure is well designed to ensure the continuation of the company’s delivery of excellent client services and strong internal management for the years ahead.”

As Chairman of the Board, a newly created position, Hering will continue to be involved in areas like strategic planning, mentoring, business development and community involvement, but his role in day-to-day operations, like administrative functions, will be reduced.

As mentioned, Chris Johnson, one of Portland’s top investment and office leasing brokers and a longtime partner in NBS Companies, will serve as President of NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson. H. Roger Qualman will be Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the brokerage and property management divisions. Qualman has managed the company’s Vancouver office since 2000 and been with the company since 1985. Jeff Borlaug, Principal and Managing Director of Brokerage, who became a partner earlier this year, will increase his management responsibility in our Portland brokerage operations.

Ken Griggs will assume the role of President of NBS Financial Services. An experienced mortgage banker and managing partner, Griggs has been with NBS Financial since 1993, and has frequently been a company Top Producer.

“The partners who are stepping into new roles have an incredible breadth and depth of experience,” Hering said. “This new leadership structure will spread out responsibility among them, which is a win-win for both the company and our clients.”

U.S. House Prepares to Eliminate Arts Education

14 Jun

Last month, a piece of federal legislation named “Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act” (HR 1891) was introduced for the purpose of terminating 43 existing federal education programs, including Arts in Education.The Arts in Education program currently funds 57 active education projects around the country, and to date has supported more than 210 competitive grants serving students in high-need schools, as well as the affiliates of the Kennedy Center and VSA arts education programs.

The Arts in Education program also provides critical federal leadership in supporting a well-rounded curriculum throughout our nation’s public schools.

On May 25, the House Education & Workforce Committee approved HR 1891 by a party-line vote of 23 Republicans to 16 Democrats. Americans for the Arts worked with Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and other members of that committee who offered an amendment that sought to restore some of these education programs, including arts education, but that amendment failed to pass.

The full House of Representatives may vote on HR 1891 prior to their August Congressional Recess. The Senate education committee, however, is not expected to consider HR 1891 as Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) plans on offering a separate, more comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act.

We call on arts advocates to contact their House Representative through our customizable e-alert and request that they oppose HR 1891 because it seeks to terminate the critical federal support directed to arts education. Don’t let this bill narrow the curriculum of our students.

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and simple

source:  Americans for the Arts

Imagine This – a seminar on bringing creativity to classrooms

7 Jun

You could call it a royal recipe for innovative arts education. Or you could call it Imagine This! A Seminar on Bringing Creativity to ClassroomsRight Brain’s annual three-day summit recently recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts. Join us! From June 20-22, 2011, we’ll convene national arts education experts, teaching artists, classroom teachers, and school district administrators to share arts education tools for K-8 classrooms and even a “futurist” to stimulate our thinking.

Imagine This! A Seminar on Bringing Creativity to Classrooms
Monday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland 
Open to educators of all subjects and disciplines
Cost: $250; single-day option $100
REGISTER NOW. Deadline is Wednesday, June 15. 
22 inspiring and practical workshops, presentations and studio sessions such as:
•   “Integrate-Stimulate-Create: Connecting Art and Math”
• “Shift, Share, Show: The Arts and Classroom Management”
• “Creating Creators: National Trends in Arts Education”
Featured guest presenters include Brian Davis of the internationally acclaimed band Pink Martini, who will lead participants through a triumphant demonstration of community building through rhythm; and Garry Golden, a nationally recognized futurist traveling from New York City to provide a provocative presentation on the future of learning. Right Brain partners Deborah Brzoska, a teaching artist of the Kennedy Center, and Dennie Palmer Wolf, former director of Harvard’s Project PACE, will also lead sessions.
Read the full listing of workshop descriptions and presenter bios.
Read the recent press release announcing our grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for our professional development program for educators. 
Featured Speakers and Workshop LeadersDeborah Brzoska is a national leader in arts education who presents professional development for teachers and teaching artists across the country on behalf of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A former dancer and teacher, she was also the founding principal of The Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, the award winning arts-based public school in Washington State. In addition to serving on the editorial board of the Teaching Artist Journal, Deb has written about arts education for The Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Project AIM, the Arts Education Partnership and The College Board.Percussionist Brian Lavern Davis is an original member of the internationally acclaimed band Pink Martini. He has toured and/or recorded with such names as Herbie Hancock, Kalapana, Upepo, Obo Addy and Dub Squad, and has performed with symphonies across North America and Europe. Also a long-time educator, Brian teaches body percussion and samba locally and throughout the U.S., Asia, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand. He is the founder and director of both the Lions of Batucada, an ever-growing Brazilian dance and percussion ensemble, and the Ainsworth Jr. Escola, a 117-member Portland youth samba bateria. He has served on the faculties of Portland State University, Jefferson Performing Arts High School and The Vancouver School of Arts & Academics. Brian is native of Portland, Oregon.

Garry Golden is a professionally trained futurist who speaks and consults on issues shaping society and business in the 21st century. Garry has consulted on a wide range of projects related to the future of infrastructure for energy and transportation, education/learning, emerging markets, social technologies and the implications of demographic transitions. Garry teaches an online course on The Future of Energy & Environment through the University of Houston Future Studies department, the program from which he received his Master of Science degree.

Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf is a principal researcher at WolfBrown, a market research and non-profit consultancy based in Cambridge, MA. Former senior scholar at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, she trained as a researcher at Harvard Project Zero, where she led studies on the early development of artistic and symbolic capacities. She also directed Project PACE (Projects in Active Cultural Engagement) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. More recently, Dennie has pioneered evaluation studies that build the capacities of organizations, funders and the communities they serve.

Register for Imagine This by Wednesday, June 15!
Now, what is The Right Brain Initiative? 
Through a powerful synergy of schools, businesses, artists, governments, philanthropists and arts and cultural organizations, The Right Brain Initiative is the only region-wide partnership that works to bring equitable arts education to every K-8 student in the Portland, Oregon area. The Right Brain Initiative is a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington serves as Implementation Partner.
Read about how to get involved with Right Brain at  The Right Brain Initiative
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