• The Arts

  • Arts Department Mission:

    Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) understands that students engage in learning in different ways, including through the arts. The mission of SPPS arts education is to foster artistic development, critical thinking, academic achievement and intellectual curiosity.

    Incorporating a student’s culture into arts curriculum offers them multiple ways to creatively explore and construct their knowledge and skills. Ultimately, students will gain a sense of individuality and belonging based on connections to their community and the world through the arts.


    Arts Department Goals:  

    To enable youth to:

    • use multiple perspectives to make meaning from Arts learning and experiences, people and cultures,
    • develop the capacities, in alignment with the Minnesota State Standards, to create, present/perform and connect in the areas of Music, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Dance and Theatre,
    • experience profound critical and creative thinking with alignment to broader learning goals in other content areas such as Math and Literacy, and to
    • gain knowledge and skills for higher education and employment in the 21st Century.

    Support is provided to educators through high quality professional development, curriculum articulation, programming, communication, resource seeking, and  partnerships and programs.

    Saint Paul Public Schools • Office of Teaching and Learning • 600 Weir Drive • Woodbury, MN • 55125