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Arts Education Resources


Perpich Center works with Minnesota teachers to help them realize their full creative and professional potential. Below are resources for arts educators to utilize for professional learning.

K-12 Minnesota Arts Standards 

The Minnesota Arts Standards are broken down into the five (5) arts areas: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. This webpage includes links to the current K-12 Arts Standards along with other supporting documents.

What to Look For in the Arts

The “Look Fors” in the Arts will help Minnesota arts teachers as they work with peers and administrators in the evaluation and professional development process in their district.

The “Look Fors” in the Arts are formatted as fillable forms so that teachers and administrators can utilize and save their work as they work together with arts teachers.

Arts Integration

When we mention “arts integration,” people envision very different processes and outcomes. At Perpich Center, we are thinking about arts integration along a continuum.

Distance Learning Resources

Perpich Center’s State Arts Education Specialists have developed resources to assist with distance and e-learning. These resources are adaptable and can be edited to fit educator needs.

The Arts as a Core Subject in Minnesota

The arts have been a core subject area in Minnesota since 1997. This document includes a timeline of the history of arts education in Minnesota along with a testimony from Perpich’s own Dr. Pam Paulson, former Director of Professional Development & Resource Programs, in relation to the 2018 Arts Standards.

Arts Education in Minnesota Survey

The Creative Minnesota 2019 survey report measures the impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Minnesota. This report also includes a statewide look at the availability of arts education in Minnesota schools.

To learn more about Creative MN, please visit their website creativemn.org.

Research Tools

Curated by our State Arts Education Specialists, use this page to find research articles, fast facts, and organizations to help with your research on “Why the Arts” are an important part of a well rounded education. The Perpich Library is also available for help when searching for articles and other resource materials.

Perpich Arts Publications

Artful Teaching and Learning Handbook is full of lots of tools and resources for building arts based and arts infused learning.

Dance Education Initiative Curriculum Guide is a valuable resource for K-16 dance educators and teaching artists.

Engaging Students in the Arts is a resource that focuses on the large processes of create, perform, and respond.

To find even more resources, please visit the Perpich Library