Arts Integration Network

In 2008, Minnesota voters pass a constitutional amendment dedicating a sales tax to fund work related to clean water, land, habitat, parks, trails, arts and cultural heritage (Legacy Amendment).

In May of the following year, the Minnesota Legislature charged Perpich with developing a high quality arts integration project using these funds. Since that time, the Perpich arts integration project has promoted arts integration in K-12 classrooms in several different areas of the state. In 2015, Legacy dollars were removed from the project and it is now supported through Perpich Center general funds for outreach.

Professional development and assessment

Arts Integration teachers work together to develop and implement arts-integrated lessons that are student-centered and standards-based.

They learn strategies for integrating the arts:
  • with other content areas in meaningful, engaging ways
  • aligning standards, learning goals, and assessments
  • and reflecting on and learning from student work
Professional development components include:
  • multi-day workshops in summers
  • several 1-day network meetings throughout the school year
  • meetings with Perpich facilitators on-site and online
Documentation and technology

The arts integration project is a laboratory to create, test, and refine lessons. School teams contribute to the big picture of arts integration in Minnesota by digitally documenting and sharing those exemplary lessons and practices.

Standards and assessments

So what are students actually learning in arts-integrated lessons? Teachers want to know that too. While constructing arts-integrated lessons, teachers work together to address standards, build assessments that accurately reflect student learning, and review the arts-integrated student work to improve instruction and student learning.

You can check out the Perpich Arts Integration Network of Teachers website for more information on the project and its results.