Is Your High School Offering the Arts Education Your Students Deserve?


Is Your High School Offering the Arts Education Your Students Deserve?

Check Out‘s New
Arts Education Data Project to Find Out!

There is a new window into arts education at Creative Minnesota showing what art courses are being offered in Minnesota high schools.

The Arts Education Data Project is a new partnership between Creative Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Perpich Center for Arts Education with the assistance of the Minnesota Music Educators Association.  Its aim is to understand what student access to arts education looks like across the state. The resulting study and online resource share data for high schools, and information on grades K-8 will become available over time.

This tool helps schools, principals, superintendents, families and community members learn whether or not their school is providing the state-mandated access to arts courses. They can then advocate for more arts education in their communities. The project also examines whether access to and participation in arts education is equitable across Minnesota and for different groups of students.

The Arts Education Data Project is the first opportunity to learn about arts course offerings across the state. It is not yet known what percentage of students have access to the three arts areas in high school because many schools have not reported. It may be that what their school has reported does not meet the requirement, or it may be that the school has not reported in at all. As more schools submit the necessary information and understand the reporting requirements, better data will be available.


Visit to see your high school’s arts offerings. If your school’s data is missing, give them a call and ask them to report.

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