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

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