Visual & Media Arts Education

STate education specialist in visual & media arts

Perpich Center’s Visual and Media Arts Education Specialist works in professional and curriculum development, standards implementation, and the advancement of visual and media arts programs in schools across Minnesota. Responsible for statewide workshops, networks, and innovative initiatives that promote visual and media arts education, the Visual and Media Arts Education Specialist works with school districts, teachers, administrative teams, and post-secondary teacher preparation programs.

Jeremy Holien is Perpich Center’s Visual and Media Arts Education Specialist and presents regularly on the cognitive value of arts education, artistic literacy, 21st century fluency, and public policy centered in the arts. Customized workshops and meetings can also be designed to meet a school’s needs including virtual professional development opportunities such as training, webinars, and presentations. As a member of the writing committee for the National Core Arts Standards in Media Arts (2014) and of the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts – Media Arts (2008 & 2018), our Visual and Media Arts Specialist is knowledgeable and prepared to meet your needs. Along with the new standards and benchmarks, Holien actively engages in many related topics including:

  • Curriculum mapping
  • Standards-based grading
  • Standards implementation
  • Assessment in the visual & media arts classroom
  • Distance & online education
  • Culturally relevant teaching
  • Student voice and choice
  • Artistic literacy in the arts
  • Visual & media arts program development
jeremy holien, visual & media arts education specialist

Jeremy Holien  |  763-279-4185

Holien started his career teaching visual art in Hibbing Public Schools, but spent most of his career teaching visual and media arts, as well as serving as the Arts Department Coordinator for the Northfield Public Schools. He has taught all age levels PK-adult and has served Perpich Center as the State Visual & Media Arts Education Specialist since 2009. Holien has been honored with receiving the:

  • 2006 TIES Exceptional Teacher Award
  • 2015 Distinguished Service within the Profession Award for Arts Educators of Minnesota
  • 2015 School of Art Leaders with the National Art Education Association
  • 2016 Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Digital Innovator Award

Holien’s significant contributions to state and national arts education initiatives include:

  • Serving as the Director-elect of the Supervision & Administration Division for the National Art Education Association, 2019-present
  • Most recently being honored with the appointment as the National Art Education Association’s 2020 Conference Director which serves as the world’s largest visual art education conference.

“Perpich Center for Arts Education has been an invaluable resource for me personally and professionally. I have been able to take part in a series of art teacher classes that have been centered around increasing my media arts skills as well providing myself and my colleagues with resources from the library/media center.”

Kevan Nitzberg, Visual/Media Arts Instructor, Anoka High School

“Though we work with state and national standards, instruction is entirely local. Our visual and media arts education specialist from Perpich helps us connect our local classrooms with others around the state, enabling us to share real classroom solutions to big-picture standards.”

Deb Hannu, Visual/Media Arts Instructor, Duluth Public Schools

“Through Perpich, I am able to come together with educators from around the state to share ideas, grow in our understanding of diversity in the arts, and develop deeper, more meaningful lessons for our students.”

Christin Congdon, Elementary Art Teacher, Minnetonka Public Schools

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Why visual & media arts education matters?

Perpich Center believes in art education for all. We are here as a resource to ensure all children can participate in and benefit from the arts.

  1. The arts make VIVID the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can KNOW. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our COGNITION.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have MORE than ONE solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  3. The arts celebrate multiple PERSPECTIVES. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to SEE and INTERPRET the world.
  4. The arts teach children to make GOOD JUDGMENTS about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
  5. The ARTS ENABLE us to have EXPERIENCE we can have from no other source and through such experience to DISCOVER the range and variety of what we are capable of FEELING.
Eisner, Elliot. (2016). 10 Lessons the Arts Teach. National Art Education Association.
Eisner, Elliot. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press.


Workshop Examples

  • Mixing Media: A Summer Workshop for Arts Educators
  • Nature Remixed: Digital Art, Photography, & Experimental Video Workshop
  • 21st Century Art Assessment: Measuring Student Learning in the Art Classroom
  • Above Standard: Advancing Your Art Program with Innovative Implementation of the Minnesota Visual & Media Arts Standards
  • Visual & Media Arts Demonstration Schools
  • Presenting and Directing the 2020 National Art Education Association Conference – Minneapolis Convention Center