Minnesota is one of only a handful of states in the nation with a dedicated state agency supporting arts education. Created by the State Legislature in 1985, the mission of Perpich Center for the Arts is "to provide all Minnesota students the opportunity to develop and integrate their artistic and academic abilities to their highest potential. We do this by teaching in and through the arts."
Perpich Center for the Arts in Golden Valley is for high school students in 11th and 12th grades throughout the state of Minnesota, but there are other public school opportunities in the Twin Cities with an emphasis in the arts as well.
Main Street School of Performing Arts is a tuition-free public charter school for grades 9-12 authorized by the University of St. Thomas and currently located on Main Street in downtown Hopkins.
And public school tuition-free education with an emphasis in the arts isn't limited to high school students. Other examples include…
FAIR (Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource) School, with schools in Robbinsdale and downtown Minneapolis, serves students in grades 4-8. It is a collaborative effort involving eleven public school districts: Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Edina, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minneapolis, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Anthony-New Brighton, St. Louis Park and Wayzata.
Creative Arts Secondary School in downtown St. Paul serves St. Paul students in grades 6-12, providing learning experiences through performance arts, visual and literary arts in addition to traditional academics.
Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results – Twin Cities Arts Realtor