OALP is proud to be a part of the The Right Brain Initiative


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

Each year, nearly 27,500 students in 67 Portland metro schools in seven school districts are expressing, exploring, imagining, creating and using the full measure of their minds. We’re a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, but we engage the entire community, working arm-in-arm to create long-term, lasting change within our school systems.

Our Vision

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


  • Equity
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability