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Development Resources



in and through

the arts


The Perpich Center works with Minnesota teachers to help students realize their full creative and academic potential. Educators in all arts areas help underscore the many ways that the arts are powerful, expressive, and investigative vehicles for all learners.

Professional Development and Resource Programs serves arts educators across the state as well as administrators and teachers of other subjects who want to integrate the arts into their curriculum. The arts are core academic subjects that are an essential part of a well-rounded education. Professional Development offers initiatives that address the rapidly changing needs of Minnesota teachers, schools and districts.


As new policies are shaped by legislation or rule-making, the Perpich Center works with Minnesota educators, developing, updating and implementing academic standards, models of teacher evaluation and teacher licensure in the arts, while focusing on teacher development through artistic processes and collaboration.


A staff of Arts Education Specialists and Professional Development leaders offer guidance and assistance in the arts to schools and educators to increase student achievement and engagement.


Research and best practices inform processes, tools and strategies for professional learning, in and through the arts. The work is standards-based and often job-embedded, leading to measurable changes in teaching practice and student learning.

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Arts Teachers: What To Look For

How can arts teachers help peers and evaluators better understand the teaching and learning that takes place in their classrooms? The purpose of the “What to Look For” documents are to help arts educators communicate about teaching and learning in their classrooms with peers, instructional coaches, administrators, and others who may not have a background in the arts.

following Academic standards

Professional Development staff have expertise with Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in all arts areas as well as interdisciplinary arts education. We can be instrumental in helping you implement the academic standards.

Perpich News

  • 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…