Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP)


Minnesota’s Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) 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, leadership training, and resource materials.

Examples of arts education improvements through CAPP in school districts and communities include:

  • Development of leaders in arts education
  • New or revised curriculum and assessments in arts areas to meet the Minnesota Arts Standards
  • Professional development opportunities for arts and non-arts teachers
  • Added arts staffing
  • Opportunities for students to work with professional artists
  • New or updated arts facilities
  • Policies adopted to support arts education
  • Stronger school/community collaborations including partnership with arts and community organizations and higher education institutions

comprehensive arts planning program application


The Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) is open to all public school districts or group of districts (paired, combined, or consolidated) in Minnesota. Applicants, if selected, will need to commit to a 2-year program and have a group of at least 4-5 committed members.

The CAPP application window for the 2021-2023 program will open on December 1, 2020. Applications will close on February 1, 2021. After the application opens, all questions must be directed to Lon Lamprecht,

The new cohort selected for the 2021-2023 CAPP program will have their first workshops in August, 2021.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the CAPP Director, Kristi Johnson at or call 763- 279-4183 for more information.

“CAPP gives us the support, training, and time to develop a stronger collaboration between Bemidji School District and the community. We see this as a wonderful opportunity to utilize the excellent art programs that we in Bemidji already enjoy, while also bringing people together to support even greater artistic endeavors in the future.”

Tim Lutz, Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent

“In Columbia Heights Public School District, we have our heads in the academics and our hearts in the arts. Participation in the Comprehensive Arts Planning Program will support our mission of providing worlds of opportunity to each and every learner where all belong and all succeed.”

Kathy Kelley, Columbia Heights Superintendent

“South St. Paul Public Schools is excited about the opportunity to partner with community and school stakeholders in developing a comprehensive plan for arts education for all of our students. The technical assistance and guidance of Perpich Center leadership will help us fulfill our vision of preparing every child for their next step, and uphold our commitment to educating the whole child.”

Dave Webb, South St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent

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kristi johnson, capp director

Kristi Johnson | 763-279-4183

Kristi Johnson has been passionately dedicated to education and the arts for over 20 years. Kristi is a licensed K-12 theater educator, teaching artist, director, and arts administrator. Kristi was Education Director at SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development for many years, focusing on equity, inclusion, and arts integration. As a teaching artist, Kristi has led hundreds of residencies in K-8 classrooms, most notably at the Honolulu Theater for Youth. Kristi contributed to the Development and Evaluation Guidelines: What to Look For in the Arts. Most recently, she was teaching at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, helping to restart their theater program.

2019 – 2021 CAPP Sites
  • 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
  • Yellow Medicine East Public Schools

Purpose and History

The Minnesota Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) is a State program of the Perpich Center for Arts Education. The purpose of this legislatively-funded program is to support and assist a local district/community planning team in creating a district-wide, three-year strategic plan to address arts education policies, programs and partnerships for students in the district and community. Support and assistance during the two-year State program includes: funds for planning and implementation of the plan, resources, consultation, workshops and regular opportunities to meet with other community teams engaged in the CAPP program.

Since its inception in 1983, over 200 school districts have participated in the CAPP program. CAPP success demonstrates that the effort of a broad-based district/community team is essential to the development of a sound and sustainable plan for arts education.

Program Structure

Initially, the CAPP process involves selecting co-chairs that receive professional development to lead a local CAPP committee. Co-chairs are responsible for identifying “stakeholders”- individuals with an active and wide-ranging interest in the arts and arts education in their school district. This CAPP committee then has the responsibility to create a comprehensive arts education plan acceptable to their district and community.

In year one, the CAPP teams conduct a needs assessment and engage in a strategic planning process to design a district-wide, three-year arts education plan, which is presented to and approved by the school board. In year two, CAPP sites implement the first year of their three-year plan and evaluate their progress. Co-chairs from each local CAPP committee gather three times each year with the Perpich CAPP Director to participate in professional development that builds and supports leading their committee.