Perpich News

CAPP Co-Chairs Kick Off Two-Year Program

August 18, 2021

The Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) launched the 2021-2023 CAPP cohort with a Kick-off Conference on Monday, August 16th and Tuesday, August 17th. Twenty-seven arts specialists, classroom teachers, and administrators attended the two-day virtual event to commence this strategic planning program for arts education in their district. The new cohort includes these eight participating charter schools and/or school districts: Art and Science Academy, Brooklyn Center Community Schools, Burnsville Eagan Savage Public Schools, Loveworks Academy for Arts, Minnesota Excellence in Learning Academy, Monticello Public Schools, Russell Tyler Ruthton Public Schools, and Zumbro Education District. CAPP provides assistance to selected Minnesota public school districts as they create and implement an arts education strategic plan.

CAPP Co-chairs gathered to start the two-year CAPP planning and implementation process which will involve forming new local CAPP committees at the school district level. The participants explored the programming planning model and started to analyze their current arts strengths and areas of needs. They discussed the qualities of a comprehensive arts education and visioned how that applies to their local school community. Participants also spent time connecting with other administrators and arts educators in the CAPP cohort.

Kristi Johnson, CAPP Director, will also lead strategic planning workshops in the districts with each CAPP committee. Johnson said, “We were fortunate to connect virtually and start to explore the thoughts and dreams of each school district as they start their CAPP journey. It was very exciting to gather arts specialists, curriculum directors, and administrators from across the state to kick off a new round of strategic planning for arts education. Perpich Center is extremely pleased to work deeply with these eight school districts through CAPP.”