Faculty Awards and Honors
Perpich Arts High School faculty and the arts education outreach staff practice their art and support the arts by writing for national professional journals, winning competitive fellowships, publishing poetry, showing at area and national galleries and film festivals, composing music for respected ensembles, performing in area venues and serving on national educational standards reviews. Here, in alphabetical order, are just the more recent awards, honors and arts activities of the faculty and staff of Perpich Center for Arts Education.
2011 Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to study Brazilian music
2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Award, Outstanding Educator
Award of Excellence from the American Juried Art Salon
Residency at Toronto School of Art
2014 Award of Excellence in the Four Points Contemporary 3rd Annual Competition
2015 Artist grant recipient in Best Buy Made Here Youth Edition Artists Mentoring Program
2014 National Arts Educators National Conference presenter
2013 Visual Arts Education Exhibition, Moorhead, MN
2012 Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art Award
2011 Co-wrote article on media and religion published by "Religious Education Journal"
2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award for work as associate producer on the documentary, "Ida's Story"
2010 Keynote speaker at the Religious Education Association's annual meeting on the topic, "Media Literacy: Living in the flows of media and religion"
2009 Article, "The Power and Impact of Gender-Specific Media Literacy" in "Youth Media Reporter"
2008 Keynote speaker at the Children's Youth Summit at Luther Seminary College on "Power of Media"
2008 Presenter at TIES Education Technology Conference, "How the Media Works: Visual Literacy"
National Endowment for the Humanities grant for "Teaching Shakespeare"
2012 Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Grant
2013 Fulbright Award to study in Germany
2015 American Composers Forum Showcase
2015 Composer mentor for NextNotes Program of the American Composers Forum
2013 MacPhail Commissioning Grant
2011 Jerome Fund for New Music Grant
2014 Artist Initiative Grant
2013 Published book of fiction, "Invisible Daughter" (firthFORTH Books)
2013 Published volume of poetry, "Psychedelic Norway" (Coffee House Press)
2011-12 McKnight Fellowship
Ongoing: Publisher of "Sprout" literary journal
Ongoing: Member of the experimental music band, Astronaut Cooper's Parade
2015 Redesign Scholarship from The College Board
2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Teachers' Workshop, "Empires of the Wind"
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Summer Seminar at Stanford University
2004 Andrew Mellon Foundation ARTstor digital image database tester (only secondary school teacher involved in U.S.)
2014-15 Served as writer for dance standards on national committee of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
2012 Published article, "Assessment in the High School Technique Class: Creating Thinking Dancers," in the "Journal of Dance Education"
2008 Sister Ann Harvey Action Research Award
2002 National Dance Teacher of the Year Award from the National Dance Association
2002 SURDNA Arts Teachers Fellowship
2014-15 Served as writer for media arts standards on national committee of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
2012 Named artistic director of Twin Cities Women's Choir
2004 SURDNA Foundation Arts Teachers Grant
2014 Presented at the national Communication Theater Assocation conference, "Literacy and Theater"
2012 Received Dedicated Lifetime Award "for exemplary and inspirational career dedicated to advancing theater education in the state of Minnesota," from the Minnesota Educational Theater Association
2008 Received Outstanding Individual in Communication and Theater Award from the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota
2008 Received the Teatro del Pueblo Award "for your outstanding contributions and your dedication to Latino theater"
Trustee, The College Board
Chair, The College Board Academic Council
Past Chair, The College Board Arts Academic Committee
Director, State Policy Pilot Project, Americans for the Arts
Minnesota representative, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education
Member, Advisory Committee of the Arts Education Partnership
Member, Leadership/Governance Team for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
Part President, National Dance Education Organization
Past President, Minnesota Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
2007 Gilkder Lehrman Teachers Institute
2003 SURDNA Foundation Arts Teachers Grant
2001 Animating Democracy Grant
2016 Volume of Poetry, "Unbearable Splendor"
2016 Book of essays, "A Peculiar Price: New Writing on Race in Minnesota"
2014 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers (Poetry)
2012 Volume of poetry, "Rough and Savage" (Coffee House Press)
2011 Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant, The Loft Literary Center
2010 Artist Initiative Grant (literature), Minnesota State Arts Board
2007 Volume of poetry, "Skirt Full of Black" (Coffee House Press)
2006 Book of essays, "Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption" (South End Press)
2004 Bilingual illustrated book for children, "Cooper's Lesson" (Lee and Low Books)
2003 Jerome Artists' Grant, SASE, The Write Place
2002 Artist Grant, Asian American Renaissance
2014, 2011 Live Music for Dance Minnesota (with choreographer Deborah Jinza Thayer)
2009, 2003, 1994 McKnight Composer Fellowship
2003 Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artists Fellowship
Twice honored with Bush Artist Fellowship
Lili Boulanger Award, the Women's Philharmonic, San Francisco
Meet the Composer (NY) New Residencies Grant over three years with four organizations: Minnesota Chorale, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and Perpich Center for Arts Education
Jerome Travel-Study Grant
Commissioning composer grants from Chanticleer, Dale Wareland Singers, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand String Quartet, Kitka Women's Choir of San Franscisco, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphany, Glen Ellyn Children's Choir in Chicago, Guthrie Theater
Author of "Music by Kids for Kids," a composition curriculum published by the American Composers forum
2011 Minnesota Education Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Grant
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