Turnaround Arts: Minnesota
The arts are not something to add in after a school has solved its problems—they are something we can use to help fix them.
About Turnaround Arts
Turnaround Arts: Minnesota is an arts and school improvement program. A good arts program, used strategically, can help target some of the persistent, pervasive problems commonly found in high-poverty, underperforming schools.
Participating schools have demonstrated increased academic achievement, increase student and family engagement, and improved school culture and climate. For more information on how Turnaround Arts has impacted pilot school across the nation, click here.
Turnaround Arts: Minnesota schools started out in the lowest performing five percent of the state, but are working hard to improve and close the achievement gap, using the arts as one of their key tools:
Bethune Elementary School, Minneapolis
Cityview Community School, Minneapolis
I.J. Holton Intermediate School, Austin
Northport Elementary School, Brooklyn Center
Northside Elementary School, St. James
Red Lake Middle School, Red Lake
Riverside Central Elementary School, Rochester
Stonebridge World School, Minneapolis
What we do?
In order to have the arts impact school improvement, it is crucial to both build a high-quality, integrated arts program, and at the same time, think strategically about how to deploy the arts to tackle large school challenges.
Supporting this work on our school, the Perpich Center provides:
Coaches, resources, and implementation support for:
- sustainable, whole school change
- strategic arts planning targeted at specific school challenges
- curriculum development in and through the arts
- school culture and climate improvement
- family engagement
Professional development for teachers and administrators
Documentation and sharing of outcomes and best practices
Network of schools going through the same improvement process
The arts have had a tremendous impact on all of our Turnaround Arts: Minnesota schools.
In these two videos below, watch the story of Bethune Community School in Minneapolis, MN and Red Lake Secondary School in Red Lake, MN.
A NATIONAL INITIATIVE
At the national level Turnaround Arts is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There are 73 Turnaround Arts schools around the country, in 38 districts and 17 states and the District of Columbia. Find out more about the national scope here.