Perpich Students Learn from Artists
Students who attend the Perpich Center for Arts Education learn how to become better performers and artists every day. The Common Experience program is helping students learn what life will be like once they graduate high school.
“Don’t beat yourself up trying to be something that you’re not,” says Ansa Akyea. “Learn if you go that route and you see that it’s unsuccessful just to move on.”
Ansa Akyea might look familiar to local theatergoers. He has worked as an actor and director at some of the best local and regional theaters throughout the Twin Cities. He’s also been in movies such as “Into Temptation,” “Memorial Day” and “Rosie.” His reason for being at Perpich Center for the Arts is to help inspire the next generation of artists.
“Be kind to yourself,” added Akyea. “That self-care thing is real. I love it when you are living your best lives being exactly who you are in the time that you are in. You personalities your individuality that’s the seasoning on the chicken.”
Preparing Students For Graduation
Akyea offers advice to students through the common experience program. The program prepares students for life after graduation. They get to listen to professionals like Akyea and ask questions on what to expect after graduation.
“It gives them a small lens in to their craft on a larger scale,” says Christopheraaron Deanes the assistant principal at Perpich. “They get to ask really pointed questions about what it is they are doing and are aspiring to do.
Everyone from actors, dancer, painters and sculptors have spoke to student. The program embraces artists from across the spectrum to help students find their own voice in their art work. For more information on the Perpich Center for the Arts click here.