Perpich Center for Arts Education has announced that the 2019-2021 award recipients for the Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) includes Pine City Public Schools.

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 development, and resource materials.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome these eight school districts to the Comprehensive Arts Planning Program for 2019-2021,” said Kristi Johnson, CAPP Director at Perpich Center for Arts Education. “We look forward to assisting them in developing arts leadership and a comprehensive arts education plan.”

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 high education institutions

With the help of this Perpich Professional Development program, school districts form a CAPP committee of district and community stakeholders (arts specialists, administrators, parents, teachers, community members, and students) with an active and wide-ranging interest in the arts and arts education. This CAPP committee has the responsibility to create a comprehensive arts education plan approved by the local school board, the district, and the community.

Perpich Center for Arts Education, in Golden Valley, Minnesota, is a Minnesota state agency that seeks to advance K-12 education throughout the state by teaching in and through the arts. It was created by the state legislature in 1985 at the urging of then Gov. Rudy Perpich. It was renamed in his honor after his death in 1995. Minnesota is one of only a handful of states in the nation with a dedicated state agency supporting arts education.

The center has helped to shape the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts K-12, collaborated with the Board of Teaching to develop teaching licenses in the arts areas, and provided professional development for teachers around the state so they are able to teach the standards, assess student learning, and incorporate community resources into the schools. As a state agency, Perpich works collaboratively with state government, school districts, and arts organizations throughout Minnesota.

Other 2019-21 award recipients include Bemidji Area Schools, Columbia Heights Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, Proctor Public Schools, South St. Paul Public Schools, St. James Public Schools and Yellow Medicine East Schools.

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