A String of Images

A String of Images

Janet is one of the wonderful women living at Isabella House of Episcopal Homes in St. Paul, an assisted living residence for older adults. Janet has Parkinson's, so her speech is slow and hard to hear, and her movement is also limited. However, she has a wonderful imagination.

During the past two months, COMPAS Artful Aging Poet and Story Writer Rachel Moritz has visited Isabella House once a week to create collaborative poetry with a vibrant group of residents. This includes Janet who is engaged during each poetry-writing session, listening closely and adding her voice to the group’s poems.

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Artist Spotlight - Kelly Barnhill

Artist Spotlight - Kelly Barnhill

You know you’re in for a good week of creative writing when COMPAS teaching artist Kelly Barnhill is in your classroom. Her stories bubble with excitement, magic and fantasy; by the end of the week, so do the stories written by her students. Her latest book, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, has been called “an epic coming-of-age fairy tale,” and has been picked up by Fox Animation for a hybrid live-action/animation! This week we take a look back at an Artist Spotlight we ran on Kelly back in September 2012. Read on to find out how working with kids plays a role in her success...

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The Intersection of Art, Science, and Learning

The Intersection of Art, Science, and Learning

Any research that concludes, “discovery and innovation happen at the intersection of art, science and learning," sure gets our attention.

An organization called The Art of Science Learning recently released the findings of a research project it conducted to look at the impact of arts-based STEM* innovation training and compared it to STEM innovation training that used traditional curriculum.

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Artist Spotlight: Spoken Word Artist Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre

Artist Spotlight: Spoken Word Artist Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre

MC, poet and COMPAS spoken word artist, Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre recently took a break from speaking on college campuses and teaching middle and high school students through COMPAS' Creative Classroom and Creative Community programs to talk about his work and how the arts create a space for making a difference...

"This isn’t a very dramatic story, but I think it’s an important story for students to hear: first, you don’t have to be a certain type of outgoing, energetic person to be a performance artist. Second, a lot of this work is more about relationships than natural talent. Finally, and kind of combining those two impulses, spoken word is very much about building community and telling our stories. There’s power in that, more power than just going up on stage and getting high scores from the judges."

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Literacy Through Imagery: A Creative Approach

Literacy Through Imagery: A Creative Approach

The Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) is next week, and as always, COMPAS will have a booth at the conference. Come visit us in booth 507!

This is one of our favorite events because we get to spend the entire day mingling with the educators we serve throughout the year. We get to hear about what is really going in the minds of the teachers who are providing an essential service for our children and youth. We chat with old friends and meet new ones, and develop plans and partnerships.

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Women's Writing Program

Women's Writing Program

In 2012, The Advisory Task Force on Justice Involved Women and Girls began a poetry writing program for women in Minnesota county jails. Last year the Task Force approached COMPAS about partnering to incorporate the program into our offerings. We enthusiastically said yes. This week we asked program chair, Gwen Lerner, to share how the program connects women in jails with the life-changing power of creativity.

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