Greg is originally from the Boston area. He studied media arts at Emerson College and focused in audio production, film, video, photography, and design. After college, he immersed himself in the local Boston music scene. He played in a band, worked as a sound engineer, and sold audio equipment.
Eventually he decided to go back to school to become a special education teacher. After completing his masters program, he moved to Portland and started his teaching career. He taught as a special ed teacher for several years, and then he became a classroom teacher. Currently he teaches 3rd grade at Forest Park Elementary. As a 3rd grade teacher he was honored with a Teacher of the Year award.
He has operated a few arts enrichment programs over the years. He currently owns and operates Activate Day Camp, and in the late summer of 2018, he opened Activate Studio with the goal of offering arts and technology enrichment year-round.
He strongly believes that children should be allotted lots of freedom, space, time, resources, and inspiration to be creative.
When he's not teaching or running camps, he records music under the name gbtn. He also enjoys hiking, watching the Blazers, swimming, cycling, and reading about radical approaches to education.
At this time, the programs at Activate Studio are run by Greg Brown. During the summer, two or three staff will be hired to assist with camps. All of our past staff members have been certified teachers who are also artists.