Supporter and patron testimonials

"Our state must continue to support the future--which will come through the creative professions and their invention."

— Foundation Studies Chair, Coordinator  of Teaching Artist Programming, College of Visual Arts

"The program transformed my teaching."

— Moreland Magnet Facilitator, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197)

Perpich outreach and professional development participants
Jennifer Olson, Rochester elementary visual arts partners:

Knowing that our music staff is a couple of stages behind our art staff we wanted them to have the benefit of seeing where our journey in curriculum and aligning standards has taken us so far in the art department. It was one of those moment where you feel that warm glow and that inner  “Hey, this is exactly what we were hoping for all of our work.” It gave the music staff a template of where they can go next. It was such a great feeling to have it all there in a collection of documents, clear, concise, and just want we needed.

We enjoyed that same feeling when we did orientation for new elementary art staff this year. We were able to give them a binder with our all our documents. It helped them have a clear vision of our department, our curriculum and the imbedded MN State Standards for Visual Art.

Albert Lea Senior High School English and Journalism teacher:

The workshop helped to morph my classroom into a space where students were more engaged, respected and included in the learning process.

Anoka High School Art Department Chair:

The Perpich Center has provided teachers and students in my district, in addition to others from across the state, with a myriad of valuable opportunities for both growth and professional collaboration that are simply not readily available anywhere else in the state of Minnesota.

Foundation Studies Chair, Coordinator  of Teaching Artist Programming, College of Visual Arts:

The professional development arm of Perpich has led the state in its investigation of what quality art making is and why it matters to our state, kids and future…. All things must be made, making requires creative and critical thinking. Our state must continue to support the future--which will come through the creative professions and their invention.

Moreland Magnet Facilitator, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197):

The program transformed my teaching. The way the program taught us by having us experience the lessons ourselves, the way Perpich treated us like professionals, the way Perpich worked from where we were as teachers and moved us forward to encourage ultimate growth was the best experience I have ever had in professional development!

Vocal Music and Fine Arts Coordinator, Washburn High School, Instructor of Secondary Choral Methods, St. Olaf College, Northfield:

The Perpich Center is able to reach every child in this state via the rigorous professional development that they provide teachers, districts and communities.

 

 

Perpich Arts Library patrons
Kathryn Gainey, Professor of Art, St. Cloud State University:

Our students have access through PALS (the inter-library loan system) to get materials for instruction. Research and best practices in art education come from Perpich. It is the Perpich Center that provides the leadership in implementing the art standards in K-12 schools.

 
 

Share your story

If Perpich has touched your life in some way, share your story with us! Contact communications with your name, relationship to Perpich, art area and graduation year (if alumni or current student) and what it was about Perpich that changed your life.