Using Art to Explore Culture

Using Art to Explore Culture

We are delighted to have award-winning Lao American poet and COMPAS artist, Saymoukda Vongsay, be our guest blogger this week…

This past weekend I posed for a portrait with a photographer who asked me the question: What does your art say about your identity that cannot be expressed with rhetoric alone?

I sat with her question for over an hour, thinking deeply about the purpose of my art-making.

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Artist Spotlight - Mica Lee Anders

Artist Spotlight - Mica Lee Anders

Camaraderie, beauty and a renewed sense of accomplishment. Those are just a few items created by over 100 volunteers in addition to the four engaging, large-scale mosaics that now adorn United Way partner organizations. As COMPAS visual artist Mica Lee Anders wraps up teaching this months-long project, we take a look back at her Artist Spotlight. It originally ran in June 2016 when she was planning the project.

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COMPAS Impact Report - Fiscal Year 2016

COMPAS Impact Report - Fiscal Year 2016

This is a story about Ayaan. She is 14, and immigrated to Minnesota with her family last fall. This is a story about Cristina. She escaped homelessness and is working on building a better life. This is a story about Lawrence. He was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and is preparing for his new life in a memory care center.

We invite you to see the whole story in our fiscal year 2016 annual report!

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Your Impact

Your Impact

Have you ever had a time where you realized that you were capable of so much more than you ever thought?  Your support this year can give people across Minnesota a moment like that.

Let me tell you about Blake*. Blake is a student at the Minnesota Academy for the Blind in Faribault, MN. Most February school days in Minnesota are about the same – cold! But last year, Blake’s school had something a little bit different. Coming into class Blake could hear the sounds of drumming – and when he sat down, he realized that he had his very own drum to use.

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