Programs and Services
The Perpich arts integration project is entering its sixth year and has worked and continues to work with networks of schools from the Lakes Country, southeast Minnesota, northeast Minnesota and, beginning in 2016, a group of schools in southwest Minnesota. Individual schools or entire districts can apply be be part of the arts integration network and to work with Perpich outreach specialists to improve standards-based student learning through collaborative arts integrations. Participating schools must have an arts specialist on staff.
Turnarund Arts is a program of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities designed to take the lowest performing schools in the U.S. and employ the arts to raise achievement, improve school culture and increase parent and community involvement.
Coordinators and specialists help schools implement Minnesota’s arts standards in all arts areas through planning, curriculum and assessment development, the arts integration program and Turnaround Arts.
Perpich heads a policy planning group, the State Policy Planning Project, funded through the national organization, Americans for the Arts. The senior director for policy at Perpich also serves on several national arts education and higher education boards, assuring that Minnesota's voice is a prominent one in national discussions regarding arts education. Both outreach coordinators and Perpich Arts High School faculty have served as co-authors of national arts standards writing teams and are actively involved in development of state arts standards.
The Comprehensive Arts Planning Program assists local school district/community planning teams in creating district-wide, five-year plans to address arts education policies, programs and partnerships. This program is not active in 2015-16.
Perpich Outreach impact
Perpich Outreach efforts serve teachers and students in 533 districts throughout Minnesota.
“The workshop helped to morph my classroom into a space where students were more engaged, respected and included in the learning process.”
— Albert Lea Senior High School English and Journalism teacher