Past School Partnerships
Since opening in 2001 Highpoint has been working with neighborhood schools as part of our school partnership program. We would like to highlight three such neighborhood connections with three distinctly different focuses on arts education at Highpoint.
As part of our continuing mission to provide quality art-making experiences to communities without access to the arts, Highpoint established a new partnership with the youth programs at the Little Earth of United Tribes community. Little Earth, founded in 1973, is the nation’s first urban housing complex with American Indian preference. Over the course of four visits to Highpoint’s studio classroom in the summer of 2011, elementary and middle school students learned different printmaking processes including monoprinting, drypoint, and relief printing. Highpoint staff installed student work at the Little Earth of United Tribes campus, and an opening reception was held for students, families and community members. Future visits with Little Earth youth are planned for the spring of 2012.
Perpich Center for Arts Education is a creative arts high school whose mission is to improve education through innovative programs and partnerships centered in the arts. Perpich has been partnering with Highpoint since it’s opening in 2001 and has made visits to our facility every year since. Perpich visits include a smaller number of students (usually 15–18) focusing on one particular printmaking process (usually monoprinting) explored in different ways over a series of visits. Perpich visits are sequencial and consecutive with each class building on the experience and information covered in the previous class culminating in the creation of complex large-scale monoprints.
Lastly, Jefferson Elementary students and educators have visited Highpoint on full-scholarship to participate in printmaking workshops for nearly ten years. They were one of Highpoint’s first school partners! Jefferson students are representative of the wide range of constituents that Highpoint serves from different ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Student work from Jefferson Elementary has been included in past student exhibitions in the Highpoint Gallery and on display for families and community members.
Other schools that have participated in partnerships with Highpoint include:
- Ascension Catholic School
- Belle Plaine High School
- Como Park Elementary
- El Colegio Charter School
- Emerson Spanish Immersion
- Garlough Environmental Magnet
- Hennepin Technical College
- Hopkins High School
- International Spanish Language Academy
- L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion
- Lyndale Community School
- Orono High School
- Patrick Henry High School
- South High School
- Urban Arts Academy
- Washburn High School
- Watertown-Mayer High School
- Woodland Middle School