UPDATEDue to the recent impacts of COVID-19, much of the CEP programs have been affected.

With each partnership, we are considering how these programs can continue and shift with the use of distance learning.



During the school year, MPS Arts with the partnership of many local art organization provides unique art experiences for each grade level K-11. With the shift to distance learning, many of our amazing partners have began to provide online programming and various resources for students everywhere!

At the very bottom of the page, click to fill out a survey on how arts organizations can best serve you at this time!
We would love to hear from you if you are a teacher or family!

Feel free to contact Cultural Experiences Partnership Coordinator with any questions!
Reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




MacPhail present to you MacPhail K-12@Home.
There are around 60 class offerings running Mondays through Fridays, 8-3pm. 115 schools and over 300 students from Minnesota have participated in the first two weeks. It really does show you that music can connect us.




Cowles Classroom 

The Cowles Classroom is our way of providing our Arts in Education programs to viewers across our dance community - right to your homes! Our Teaching Artists are creating three days' worth of lessons for all movers to try at home. Full Cowles Classroom lessons debuted on our YouTube channel and we couldn't be more excited! We are delighted to offer 33 lessons, ranging from Latin Social Dance to Percussive to Jazz to Creative Movement. Over the course of the next four weeks, we'll be highlighting different videos in our weekly newsletter - but that shouldn't stop you from heading on over to YouTube to experience them as you like! Subscribe to our channel to never miss an update. 

Each Teaching Artist offers three full dance lessons, which can be taken sequentially. Find them sorted by dance style under the "playlists" tab. Cowles Classroom lessons vary in difficulty from video to video, but are each made with students in mind. Read the video description for more details.

Learn Latin Social Dance with Giselle Mejia

Learn Creative Movement with Anat Shinar

Learn Jazz with Erinn Liebhard

And many more!

If you can't visit or use these lessons through Youtube, you will find the full suite of Cowles Classroom offerings through this Google Drive folder.  




Children's Theatre Company Resources
Head online to view the many resources CTC has gathered!




 Mia’s Links to Resources


 Mia’s Teacher Resources page



Arts of Africa Lessons for grade K-5 

Native Art: Native Voices for grades K-12 

Mexican Prints in English for grades 6-12

Mexican Prints in Spanish for grades 6-12

Self-guided activities and worksheets

 Mia Art from Home

Mia Art From Home

 Virtual Family Day Activities

Virtual Family Day Activities

 Virtual Open Studios

Virtual Open Studios




Walker Art Center

  • Our Teacher Resources page . The page will feature lesson plans across a variety of subjects (STEAM, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Visual Art) for download, short artist videos, and self-guided tour plans that can help teachers integrate the arts into their distance learning plans. 
  • Additionally, Walker Education is sending out biweekly emails to all teachers who have signed up for our newsletter. The emails include updates about new resources for teachers, links to interesting digital content on the Walker website, and art activities for students to do at home. If you'd like to sign up for the newsletter,  https://tracking.wordfly.com/join/WalkerArtCenter/ 

  • Lastly, Walker is hosting a virtual family day on May 2!




Ordway Provided Resources
·  Ordway Education Blog: https://ordway.org/category/education/

o   Look to the the blog for written lesson plans, tips & tricks and guest articles

·  Ordway Education YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCosNXItOTOQbv4SiGd0gqKw

o   Our YouTube Channel holds video lessons, created by Ordway teaching artists

· Ordway Education Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ordwaycenter/groups/?ref=page_internal

o   Join the Facebook Group to stay connected with Ordway Education, and share with the #ordwayschooled




Northrop Inspiration Blog
Hear from Director of Programing, Kristen Brogdon, through Northrop's blog to stay connected to daily inspiration, links to resources, and other art happenings. 




Highpoint Center for Printmaking at home
Through this link, https://www.highpointprintmaking.org/printmaking-at-homeyou can find fun print projects to try out at home! 




Below is a link to a short survey to inquire how arts organization and us at MPS Arts can best serve you at this time! We look forward to hearing from you!


Click here to fill out a short survey!








MPS Arts in partnership with Target, MacPhail Center for Music, The Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts, Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis Institue of Art, Minnesota Orchestra, Walker Art Center, The Ordway, Guthrie Theater, Project Success, Northrop, and Highpoint Center for Printmaking, are providing guaranteed arts and culture experiences for every 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade student enrolled in a MPS school during the 2019-20 school year. We will also be continuing to run pilot programs for Kindergarten students with MacPhail Center for Music, as well as adding an additional pilot program with Highpoint Center for Printmaking for 11th grade students. Tickets and bussing costs are paid for as part of the program. These opportunities ensure that all students have shared arts and culture experiences across the district.


Teachers and Site Coordinators:

Register now for Cultural Experiences Partnership programming for fall 2019 and spring 2020. Please follow the appropriate links for your grade/site below each description.


Kindergarten - MacPhail Center for Music

In its second pilot year, Kindergarten students from three pre-selected schools will participate in music learning residencies during the school year with the curricular focus aligning with literacy goals. Musical goals for the residency include: Internalization of steady beat, singing alone and in a group, pitch recognition/identification and instrument identification/timbre awareness. MacPhail will provide a professional (PD) workshop at each of the participating schools to reinforce and encourage adoption of musical concepts into the classroom.


Pilot schools have already been chosen.

1st grade- The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Every first-grade homeroom in the district will explore creative movement over a 4-day residency in their PE class. Lead by a Cowles Center Professional Teaching Artist, these residencies will offer exposure to quality arts education, enhance current Minnesota Physical Education standards, and empower PE teachers through guided lesson plans and a professional development day at The Davis Center. Residencies are scheduled directly with the PE teacher and can take place anytime between September 2019-May 2020.

Click to view First Moves Video!

To Register

2nd Grade - Children's Theater Company

In partnership with Target, every second grade student in the Minneapolis school district will have the opportunity to attend a student matinee performance at Children’s Theatre Company, including transportation and additional curriculum support for educators. CTC will host professional development (PD) workshops for all second grade teachers to support educators in making connections between the powerful experiences of live theatre with learning opportunities in the classroom. Educators will walk away from their PD workshop with tangible strategies to align the live theatre experience with academic standards and to facilitate critical connections from text to stage.

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

Based on a story by Cedella Marley

Music and lyrics by Bob Marley

Adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt

United Health Group Stage

Ziggy’s afraid to leave the house. He’s too busy worrying about tropical storms, evil spirits, and a sneaky, freaky, hair-grabbing Duppy! But, with the help of some feathered friends, Ziggy learns “every little thing is gonna be alright.” A musical that jams Jamaican style, it’s a timeless tale of peace and love, and of course, Bob Marley, man.

Registration is completely full for this program.


3rd Grade - Minneapolis Institute of Art

Every third grade student in the district will visit Mia and select schools will receive a Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) residency. On their tour, Mia staff will lead students in conversation about the artwork they see from 5,000 years ago to today. By exploring the vast collection through actively looking and asking questions, third graders connect to the artwork through creative inquiry.


To Register

4th Grade - Minnesota Orchestra

Every fourth grade student in the district will visit Orchestra Hall to attend a concert provided by the Minnesota Orchestra.  As part of the Orchestra’s ongoing partnership with the Minneapolis School District, fourth grade teams receive fully subsidized tickets, free bus transportation and free online curriculum materials for teachers.

Pictures at an Exhibition | February 5 & 6, 2020

Mussorgsky saw a friend’s vivid artworks and was inspired to compose Pictures at an Exhibition for piano. Then another friend, the composer Ravel, decided to orchestrate that work, using techniques all his own and making unique artistic choices. With the conductor leading the way, students will discover the difference between Mussorgsky’s original piano version of Pictures and the creative approaches Ravel took when preparing the orchestral version we’re familiar with today. Also a treat on this program: Jessie Montgomery’s effervescent short work Starburst, in which this young composer explored rhythms and styles with so much visual color you can almost see the sound-canvas she paints!

American Riffs | May 6 & 7, 2020

Multi-talented Minnesota Orchestra trumpet player Charles Lazarus is skilled at introducing listeners to jazz, one of America’s great musical traditions, and in showing the many connections between classical music and jazz. In this all-American program, students will encounter jazz-infused works including such Duke Ellington pieces as It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing and Gershwin’s languid lullaby Summertime, from Porgy and Bess; hymn-like gems such as America the Beautiful; and dynamic selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Mass. You can also expect Lazarus to top things off with some dazzling trumpet solos that will fill students with excitement!


To Register

6th Grade - Walker Art Center

Every 6th grader in the district will have the opportunity to create an original stop motion animation short film with the Walker Art Center! In order to participate in this program, teachers must commit to an in-school stop motion animation residency led by Walker Educators in the ELA classroom. The residency takes place over the course of five consecutive days and is then followed by an on-site field trip to the Walker Art Center Cinema at a later date. Teachers will have the option to tour the Walker galleries or Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (September, October, late April, and May only) prior to the screening. Bus transportation and visit costs to the Walker are fully covered for schools participating in this program.


To Register

7th Grade - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Every 7th grade student will attend an hour long school performance at the Ordway. Performances include world-class dance companies, musicians, actors, and more. Visit www.ordway.org/school-performances for a full list of performances!


To Register

8th Grade - The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

Every 8th-grade student will attend a matinee performance of a local professional dance company in The Cowles Center's historic Goodale Theater. Tickets and busing for this field trip are completely funded. During matinees, students are encouraged to be active participants rather than passive observers; students are invited to question dance, engage their curiosity, envision themselves as dancers, and move their bodies either from their seats or on the stage. The hour-long matinees take place on Thursday and Friday mornings throughout the year from 10:30-11:30 AM. All performances include a post-show Q&A with the company as well as an interactive study guide which is sent to educators prior to the show.

The 2019-2020 Cowles Center Student Matinee Season includes:

  • Holiday Show: Who Brought The Humbug
    Tap Variety Show
    Thursday, December 12th, 2019
    Friday, December 13th, 2019 

  • Collide Theatrical: Romeo & Juliet
    Jazz / Musical Theatre
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020

  • TU Dance
    Contemporary Dance
    Thursday, April 30th, 2020

  • Mixtape
    Hip Hop
    Thursday, May 14th, 2020


To Register

9th Grade - Guthrie Theater & Project Success

Every ninth grade student will attend a matinee at the Guthrie Theater. In partnership with Project Success, the performance students will learn about the production of the play directly from the artists and from their PS Facilitator. In addition, partnering teachers are invited to a Guthrie Educator Training that encourages teachers to use theater arts techniques, activities, curriculum and strategies in their classrooms. Through this dynamic partnership, students not only see how the art is created but also relate this experience to themselves and their future decisions.

To Register

10th Grade - Northrop

Every tenth grade student will attend a matinee of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham at Northrop on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus.

“One of today’s most in-demand choreographers and winner of the Jacob’s Pillow, Doris Duke, and prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Awards, Kyle Abraham has been commissioned to create work on companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and most recently, New York City Ballet. Born into the hip-hop culture of the late 1970s and incorporating his experience with classical cello, piano, and the visual arts into his work, Abraham has been described as "the best and brightest creative talent to emerge...in the age of Obama” (OUT Magazine). His company, A.I.M, makes its Northrop debut with a diverse range of works, including Andrea Miller’s all-female state set to Reggie Wilkins’ hypnotic electronic score; Drive, marked by Abraham’s “urgent and expressive choreography” (The New York Times); and Abraham's first major solo in nearly a decade, INDY.”

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30 am-11:30 am or

Fri, Feb 28, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Carlson Family Stage 


To Register


11th Grade - Highpoint Center for Printmaking


During this pilot period, Highpoint will partner with 1-2 High School Social Studies teachers to develop and co-teach a 3-4 session class and hands on workshop for 11th grade High School students. Students will receive an introduction to printmaking and its history in activist and political posters. 2-3 classes will be at the partner school, with a final class at Highpoint. They will each design a poster with messaging and imagery relating to a specific issue of their choosing. Students will then turn their designs into relief prints by carving and printing a block. Printmaking has historically been used for civic discourse, being a means of spreading a message through multiples. At the end of the school year the work will be displayed with a public reception.


Schools have already been chosen for this pilot.







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