PERPICH ALUMNI: A CREATIVE community MORE THAN 4,000 STRONG!
From the Alpha Class of 1991 to this year’s graduating class, Perpich graduates can be found throughout Minnesota, across the U.S., and on just about every continent (even Antarctica!).
You are artists, dancers, photographers, filmmakers, writers, actors, and musicians. And you are doctors, stylists, scientists, physical therapists, teachers, members of the armed services, masseuses, entrepreneurs, journalists, counselors, store owners, baristas, sales professionals . . . . [put your profession here].
Many of you are also parents. In fact, some of you have kids who are Perpich graduates or current students. Time flies.
But we don’t forget you and we know you haven’t forgotten us. We see you across social media. We also see you playing in locally and nationally known bands, chamber groups, and orchestras; showing your work in gallery crawls and on Etsy; performing on dance stages and theaters here and New York or on TV and in movies; reading your poetry and promoting your new books. We hear from you living in California and New York, Indiana and Texas.
This is one more gathering place for the community. Stop here for breaking news, for ways to get involved, to get help in planning reunions, to check interesting links that we think could be helpful, useful or just kind of Perpichy.
These alumni will tell you.
looking for an arts High pendant or class ring?
Replacement Arts High School pendants are available to alumni for a small fee. To request an Arts High pendant be sent to you, call 763-279-4200. Each pendant is $10.00 and payment will be taken over the phone. Your purchase will be mailed to you by USPS.
Class rings can be requested by contacting Marla Gamble at firstname.lastname@example.org. While Marla does not have every year’s molds and models, she does have quite a few. Please note: orders will be filled as Marla’s schedule allows.
Call for letters and emails of support
Support Perpich in every legislative session by contributing to our ongoing letter/email writing campaign. As part of the Perpich community, consider sharing your story of connection with Perpich. Letters or emails written during an actual session are most useful but we encourage you to write to your legislator at any time to share your thoughts on why Perpich deserves state dollars to continue to thrive.
We love to have alumni come speak to students about their experiences or to hold workshops.
We’re always looking for alumni volunteers to help at events and to create opportunities for current students and alumni to work together.
We love to hear what our alumni are up to!
If you need to update your contact information, have a piece of alumni news to share, or an update about your life and career, fill out the form below.
Need a copy of your transcript?
No matter what year you graduated from Perpich, we hold your records. So if you need your transcript for any reason – to apply to postsecondary education or for a job – please contact us and we can get your transcript to you quickly.
If you were a student at Crosswinds Arts and Science School in Woodbury, MN and need a transcript record, please contact us and we can get your transcript to you quickly.
Email your request or call 763-279-4263.
Share Your Story
If Perpich has touched your life in some way, share your story with us! Contact Communications with your name, relationship to Perpich, art area, and graduation year (if alumni or current student), and what it was about Perpich that changed your life.
“From the moment I came to Perpich, it was like a college campus, with an emphasis on independence and finding your own self, with training in academics and becoming an artist.”
"I run art groups for women and men who been affected by sexual and domestic violence at a center in Faribault called Hope Center. When I went to school at Perpich, I learned how art could save the world. How healing it can be. I love this school. Love what it taught me because I feel like I can show people why now, art can save the world."
"[Perpich] helped me grow as an artist and a person."
"Perpich absolutely changed my life. It validated in me something I couldn’t understand at a young age…that I wanted to be around creative people and to learn from teachers with big brains and open hearts. I devoured everything the school had to offer."
"[Perpich] was a hugely formative experience for me and I think gave me many of the tools to get to this point of doing meaningful work that I love."
“If I had to choose a single defining moment of my career it would be going to the Arts High School. I learned artistic skills and a deep sense of social and cultural responsibility there that has aided me throughout my life. Perpich is where I learned to take ownership of my work, my actions, and myself. Now, as the Co-Artistic Director of my own company, I use my Perpich education every day. Most people cannot deny that we need a vibrant, artistic culture, and if we need that, then we need Perpich Center, and more places like it.”
"While I was there I felt such a strong sense of a community, and one that grew from mutual respect between the faculty, staff, and students. For me this enforced the feeling that what we were exploring as young artists was valid and worthwhile. I didn’t attend a private art school for my bachelor’s degree, but even in my first semester on a liberal arts campus, within a sea of Economics and Geology majors, I felt a strong sense of purpose in my choice to make art. Without a doubt, that confidence, insight, and sense of validation came from being a student at Perpich."
"It changed my life. Completely. It was the best thing to happen to me"
"With all of the great mentoring at Perpich, I met professionals in the theatre and film arts. This showed me that it was possible to be a filmmaker (or any kind of artist) for a living. I was able to focus more on theatre (as opposed to regular high school), which was inspiring. I wanted to get good grades in my regular studies because my main focus was on something I was passionate about. I had something to aspire to."
"Perpich gave me a direction in life and kickstarted my career."