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  • Curt Tryggestad

    Perpich Center for Arts Education Executive Director Announces Departure

    Tryggestad has led the agency since August, 2017.

    Perpich Center for Arts Education Executive Director Dr. Curt Tryggestad announced Thursday, June 20, that he has accepted a new position as the superintendent of Pine City Public Schools. His last day at Perpich will be determined…

  • Minnesota Commissioner of Education

    Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker Joins Perpich Board

    The Commissioner of Education, or their designee, serves on the Perpich Board of Directors as an ex officio member per the 2017 Education Omnibus Bill.

    Perpich Center for Arts Education is pleased to welcome Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker as an ex officio member…

  • Minnesota's Comprehensive Planning Program

    Eight School Districts Selected for Minnesota’s Comprehensive Arts Planning Program

    Community members will come together to create a comprehensive arts education plan.

    Perpich Center for Arts Education is proud to announce the 2019-2021 award recipients for the Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP): Bemidji Area Schools, Columbia Heights Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, Pine City Public…

  • Perpich News

    Perpich Spirit Shop Now Open

    The Perpich Spring 2019 Spirit Shop is now open!

    ORDERS END FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 – EVERYTHING WILL BE DELIVERED TO PERPICH ON JUNE 3, 2019 All items need to be picked up at Perpich Center for Arts Education; no items will be shipped to…

  • woven artwork

    Alumna Creates Woven Works, Studies New Practices

    Laura Fischer (‘02, Visual Arts) received her MFA from San Francisco State University in 2013. She concentrated her work on New Practices, an area established for students wishing to work cross-media. Here she shares words of wisdom and why going to Perpich was a great…

  • Tasha Hardy

    Award-Winning Filmmaker Found Her Calling at Perpich

    Filmmaker Tasha Hardy, Perpich Theater alumna ‘92, sees a clear connection between her experience at Perpich Arts High School and her success. As a teenager, Hardy says, “My life was headed for disaster.” With an unstable family situation, she struggled in school and lacked healthy…

  • theater alumna

    Alumna Explores World of Lena Dunham with Theater Company

    Haley Traub (‘08, theater) recently shared about her experience working in theater in New York City. After graduating from Perpich, Traub received a BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2012 and most recently formed a theater collective with some fellow NYU…

  • hand made shoes

    Lit Alumna Creates Art Out of Shoe Making

    Amara Hark-Weber (‘99, Literary Arts) has delved into many creative areas with her work since graduating from Perpich, most recently completing her MFA in Visual Communications at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and receiving a Jerome Fellowship through the Minnesota Center for Book Arts…

  • Actress Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

    Theater Alumna On Building Creative Community and Storytelling

    Like many of our alumni, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux’s (’00, theater) talents extend beyond her Perpich art area. Since her days at the arts high school, Arrowsmith DeCoux has worked professionally as a storyteller at Scandinavian festivals, learned to walk on stilts, published poetry, performed in musical…