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CAPP Co-Chairs Start Second Year of Program

Co-Chairs meeting in August, 2019, pre-COVID-19.

August 17, 2020

The Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) recently held its Fall 2020 Co-Chair Conference for the eight participating school districts: Bemidji Area Schools, Columbia Heights Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, Pine City Public Schools, Proctor Public Schools, South St. Paul Public Schools, St. James Public Schools, and Yellow Medicine East Schools. This is the second programming year for the current class of CAPP, a program that provides assistance to selected Minnesota public school districts as they create and implement an arts education strategic plan.

CAPP Co-Chairs gathered to share their accomplishments within their district arts strategic planning, assess their challenges during COVID and distance learning, and to develop quarterly plans for the upcoming 2020- 2021 school year. Recent successes from these eight school districts include: school board approval of their strategic arts plans, adding a full-time position for an elementary arts specialist, and organizing an arts passport program for students. Co-Chairs started to assess what action steps would be most important to accomplish this upcoming school year and when those actions would take place.

“It was great to be able to gather virtually, hear about all the activities and planning that have gone on collectively in regards to arts programming in each district, and problem solve ways to stay connected and moving forward during distance, hybrid, and in-person learning this year,” said Kristi Johnson, CAPP Director. Each school district will meet with the CAPP Director for individual fall planning meetings and convene again for a Winter Co-Chair Conference in January, 2021.

Co-Chairs meeting in August, 2019, pre-COVID-19.