Turnaround Arts: Minnesota

In late May 2014, the Presidentís Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announced that Perpich Center for Arts Education had been selected to direct the Minnesota program of the national arts education initiative, Turnaround Arts, to help turn around school performance.

About the President’s Committee on The Arts and The Humanities  

Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. The committee works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Find out more here.


About Turnaround Arts

Turnaround Arts is a national program created by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in coordination with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education and several foundations, to bring arts education programing and resources to high-poverty elementary and middle schools across the country. It’s the first federal program to specifically support arts education as an improvement tool in high-poverty, underperforming schools. 

There are currently 49 Turnaround Arts schools in 14 states across the country and the District of Columbia involving 22,000 of the country's highest need students. Extensive information is available here

Perpich Center is implementing Turnaround Arts: MN to bring arts education into a group of urban, suburban and rural schools:

Bethune Elementary School, Minneapolis

Northport Elementary School, Brooklyn Center

Northside Elementary School, St. James

Red Lake Middle School, Red Lake

The program works in schools that started out in the lowest performing five percent of the state, but are working hard to close the achievement gap and turn around their school. Turnaround Arts: MN is funded through monies from the U.S. and Minnesota governments.


Turnaround Arts - Bethune Elementary

Turnaround Arts - Northport Elementary

Turnaround Arts - Northside Elementary

Turnaround Arts - Red Lake Middle School