Kicking off Creativity

Kicking off Creativity

When neighborhood, civic, corporate and non-profit organizations use creativity to reach mutual goals, great things can happen. Tomorrow, September 24, COMPAS is celebrating the completion of a large-scale mural that is the culmination of many groups coming together with ideas and financial support, and the creative work of COMPAS artists and youth apprentices.

If you’re near St. Paul’s Marydale Park on Saturday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m., please join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony!

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Arts in Education Week 2016

Arts in Education Week 2016

September 11-17, 2016 is National Arts in Education Week! It’s a week to celebrate and promote all the benefits we know come from Arts Education. As Congress states in its official proclamation:

"Arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, discipline, alternative ways to communicate and express ideas, and cross-cultural understanding, which supports academic success across the curriculum as well as personal growth outside the classroom."

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A True State Fair Experience Includes the Arts!

A True State Fair Experience Includes the Arts!

It can be a long… and creative… road to the State Fair.

In April, I was honored to serve as a judge for the annual Urban 4-H Performing Arts Showcase for Ramsey and Hennepin Counties. Arts In is a celebration of regular kids being given the opportunity to sing, dance, act and perform. For judges, the day is fun and inspirational. We know it takes courage to get on a stage and perform in front of an audience. But everyone was supportive; making the day even more gratifying.

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Creating a Sense of Fun

Creating a Sense of Fun

Have you ever made new friends by creating something together?  We recently sat down with Ebenezer Senior Living resident Cookie to hear about ways she has been learning and making new connections through classes with COMPAS teaching artists as part of our Artful Aging™ program.

One class Cookie particularly enjoyed was when teaching artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella led a class of active older adults in creating puppets from a variety of found and purchased materials...

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