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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 TheRightBrainInitiative.org/get-involved/.source:  The Right Brain Initiative

Help with Kennedy Center’s “Any Given Child”.

20 Jan

Regional Arts & Culture Council(from our friends at the Regional Arts & Culture Council, aka, RACC)

Dear Arts Leader:

By now I hope you’ve heard that RACC is partnering with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and their Any Given Child program to conduct a thorough inventory of our region’s assets in arts education, and to identify gaps. I am writing to ask for your assistance in this very important study.

It has been more than five years since RACC conducted such a comprehensive inventory and assessment on the topic of arts education, and our findings will help meet our community’s goal of creating a long-range plan for a comprehensive arts education that is equitable and sustainable in the Portland metropolitan area. Over the past three months, the Kennedy Center and a team of local volunteers have worked together to develop three sets of surveys to ensure that we are collecting the most relevant information about arts education from schools, from artists and arts organizations, and from the community at large.

If you are providing arts education programming to any K-8 students in the Hillsboro, Gresham-Barlow, North Clackamas and/or Portland Public School districts, please help us now by completing our special ARTS ORGANIZATION survey. There are between 13 and 20 questions, depending on your answers, and the entire survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes.” The survey is available online at:


The survey will remain online through February 14th, but we encourage you to complete it as soon as you can. Our findings will be shared with you and the entire community in August.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about this survey or the objectives of Any Given Child in the meantime. Thank you for your time and assistance!

Eloise Damrosch

Executive Director
Regional Arts & Culture Council
108 NW 9th, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97209
503.823.5400 (t)
503.823.5432 (f)

The most comprehensive online resource for local artists: www.racc.org

source: Regional Arts & Culture Council

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