About the Foundation
The Perpich Foundation was established to support and improve Minnesota’s
K-12 education in and through the arts. Since its inception, more than
10,000 teachers, students and artists, college faculty, and parents from all
across Minnesota have benefited from its initiatives and programs. This is
accomplished primarily through financial and administrative support of the
unique state agency known as Perpich Center for Arts Education, which
includes a Professional Development and Research Center, an Arts High School
and a Media Center/Library. Robert Jacobs currently serves as
President of the all-volunteer Board of Directors.
- In the past six years, the Foundation has raised more than $520,000
from contributions, annual campaigns, income from services rendered, or
- College scholarships or cash prizes have been provided, or
administered using funds from other sources, for Arts High School
students in several art areas who exemplify service and have achieved
artistic and academic excellence.
- Financial assistance for arts education has been granted to more
than 275 students from school districts throughout Minnesota in the form
of tuition, room & board, supplies, transportation and other expenses
related to their enrollment in the Arts High School.
- The Foundation supports ongoing advocacy efforts to help legislators
and other decision-makers understand the critical role the Perpich
Center plays in Minnesota’s educational, economic, cultural and social
- The Foundation provides assistance to rural families experiencing
economic hardship who may be unable to pay room, board and other fees
associated with students attending the Arts High School.
- The Foundation finances an emergency fund for the Arts High School
to support students whose families experience crisis issues.
- The Foundation provides funding to needy students for college
testing services (ACT & SAT).
- The Foundation has provided more than $200,000 for art supplies,
field trips, visiting artists, academic support, counseling services,
college placement services and other programs directly related to
excellence in education.
- The Foundation established a Professional Development Fund for
faculty and staff of the Perpich Center for Arts Education and provided
more than $40,000 in support from 2007- 2010.
- The Foundation provides scholarships to support the Minnesota
Department of Education’s Scholars of Distinction Program. In the last
five years, more than 30 students from public and private schools
throughout Minnesota were awarded scholarships for achievements in
- The Foundation has provided scholarships for Arts High School
students enrolled in summer educational programs at colleges,
universities or art conservatories.
- Students needing support in developing their artist portfolio for
college admissions requirements have received funds from the Foundation.
- The Foundation has supported student-led endeavors for humanitarian
relief. For example, for two years the Foundation provided matching
funds for students and grants for faculty traveling to Nicaragua to work
as volunteers with young people interested in art. A program initiated
by students to assist children in a Minneapolis transitional housing
program also received funding from the Foundation.
- The Foundation provided financial assistance to the Arts High School
Theater program so students and faculty could compete in a 2010 national
competition for excellence in the summer of 2010.
- The Foundation established the Joseph Sodd III Scholarship Memorial
Fund as an endowment fund in 2008, from which scholarships for Arts High
alumni studying dance in college will be awarded beginning in November
- The Foundation recruits parent and community volunteers to support
the activities and initiatives of the Perpich Center, including student
performances, openings and readings that occur regularly at the Arts
High School, and coordinates the services performed.
- The Foundation actively supports annual public relations and
recruitment efforts including the Perpich booth at the Minnesota State
Fair and Perpich Day at the Capitol. The board actively participates in
Arts High family activities, such as Student Orientation, Parent Open
House, and major social activities for students.
- The Foundation coordinated and supported the hospitality and
home-stay activities connected with an Arts High student and faculty
exchange program with a high school in China in the spring of 2011.
- Major outreach and fund-raising events and annual campaigns are the
responsibility of and/or supported by the foundation and include a Big
Event, participation in Give to the Max Day, membership drives, and
milestone anniversary celebrations.