Perpich Professional Development and Resource Programs




in the arts


Perpich Center for Arts Education works with Minnesota teachers to help them realize their full creative and professional potential. Through networking and professional learning, teachers increase their knowledge, skills, and toolbox of resources to improve student success.

Professional development staff provide district, school, and one-on-one support statewide in the arts including: arts instruction and assessment, curriculum development, district arts programming, standards implementation, and other professional development opportunities. Programs, workshops, and conferences focus on relevant arts education topics to support educator growth and expertise.

Goal: Build teacher and administrator capacity statewide so they can provide innovative, inclusive, standards-based, measurable, and student-centered learning in and through the arts.


Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) – The CAPP Program provides assistance to selected public school districts as they design three-year, strategic plans for K-12 arts education programs. CAPP provides financial and technical assistance to support the strategic planning process through workshops, site visits, and resource materials.

Regional Centers – The Regional Center’s program provides professional development and leadership opportunities to Minnesota teachers through our Regional Arts Teacher-Leader Network, Demonstration Schools, and Regional Workshops.

State Arts Education Specialists:

Dance Education Specialist – Supports dance educators with standards implementation, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the K-12 classroom through workshops, demonstration schools, and other professional development opportunities. The Dance Specialist also supports physical education and general education teachers with implementing movement into their classrooms.

Music Education Specialist – Serves the work of Minnesota music educators and administrators through dynamic regional workshops, demonstration school visits, consultation, and professional development customized to their school or district needs.

Theater Education Specialist – Advances the work of theater education in Minnesota by supporting theater teachers, directors, English Language Arts teachers, elementary generalists, and others in: standards implementation, curriculum development, and assessment through demonstration schools, regional workshops, theater partnerships, mentorships, and more. The Theater Specialist also leads the Scholars of Distinction in Theater Arts program.

Visual & Media Arts Education Specialist – Provides professional development, curriculum development, standards implementation, and more to assist in the advancement of visual and media arts programs in schools across Minnesota.

Professional Development Digital Resources – Click here for helpful resources including arts standards, tools, and more!

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.

Minnesota Arts Education Organizations Community Calendar

Welcome to the Minnesota’s Arts Education Organizations Community Calendar!

Each organization serves member-educators in their respective arts area—dance, theater, music, visual and media arts.

Minnesota Arts Education organizations have shared this information about meetings, events, and professional development opportunities. Some events may be for specified participants, while others may require membership in the organization and/or a registration fee. A link to more detailed information is included with each event.

Do you know of an event hosted by a Minnesota Arts Education organization that others should know about, too? Click here to submit an event form.


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    All items on this list are available at the Perpich library. Click on titles…

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    Left: Molly Chase; Right: Dan Loritz

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    All items on this list are available at the Perpich library. Click on titles for more…