MPS Arts

Support academic and artistic achievement for all Minneapolis Public School students!

Mission Statement:

The mission of MPS Arts is to ensure equity of access to quality arts education for every MPS student, every day. Through creating, performing and responding to the arts, MPS students achieve academic and artistic success while becoming engaged, empowered citizens.

Research shows that students who receive quality arts instruction and regular engaging art experiences during their K-12 education are more successful than their peers academically and socially. This success is measured in increased test scores, engagement, empathy, and collaboration, as well as reduced drop out rates and higher post-secondary completion.

We believe that the arts:

  • Empower students to take ownership of their artistic identity
  • Engage individuals in the greater community
  • Serve as an essential means of communication
  • Provide insight into cultures and societies
  • Help close the achievement gap by building interdisciplinary relationships with academics


The district ensures that every K-5 program offers three forms and every 6-12 program offers four forms of art from licensed arts educators. Fine arts classroom instruction is held to the MN State Arts K-12 Standards and Focused Instruction (FI) curriculum developed by the MPS Arts Department.


Every MPS student is guaranteed a professional arts experience at every grade level. These experiences both expose students to and integrate our arts-rich community into our schools. The content or model may vary at every school, from attending an orchestra concert or live theater performance to having a teaching artist residency in the school.

This part of the pathway connects arts with academic content while exposing students to the arts-rich community in which they live plus potential career opportunities.


To ensure that students have access to exceptional arts education experiences in any fine arts area, no matter what their school provides, MPS is expanding extended learning opportunities after school, on the weekends, and during calendared breaks. This new initiative currently has three programs in the pilot stage: Museum Studies at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Summer JAM, and a district-wide drum and bugle corps.

Viva City Fine Arts Festival: 

The Viva City Fine Arts Festival is a celebration that takes place in Minneapolis Public Schools every year. The festival gives our district an amazing opportunity to share and honor the art making that has been created with a large number of our student population.  It has become an icon for our district and in 2014-15 we look forward to celebrating the festival's 21st anniversary.

Learn more about our specific arts programs in dance, theater, music, visual arts and more at  

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