Poetry, a Necessary Ingredient in the Creation of Outspoken, Opinionated & Self-Reliant People

Poetry, a Necessary Ingredient in the Creation of Outspoken, Opinionated & Self-Reliant People

Say a word and let it sit on the page, alone.

Daffodil

What does it mean? School taught me its definition. School taught me how to use it in a sentence. School taught me what it means. School taught me how to read it. Beyond the necessary and important things that school taught me about this word, poetry taught me how to experience it.

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In Just One Day...

In Just One Day...

While a day with a COMPAS artist is never average, did you know that every day, on average, COMPAS programs connect 158 people in Minnesota with the life-changing power of creativity?  Ever wonder what you make possible, on average, when you send COMPAS into a community?

Here’s a look at just one day, March 3, 2017. A typical, average Friday turned into a magical experience for people young and old…

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Eliminating Federal Funding Means Fewer Opportunities for Minnesotans

Eliminating Federal Funding Means Fewer Opportunities for Minnesotans

This week we heard some disturbing news. The federal budget that has been proposed by the current presidential administration would completely eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  There’s no point in beating about the bush -- eliminating funding for the arts means fewer opportunities for Minnesota students and artists. These cuts mean that people across Minnesota will lose access to opportunities to be creative, and Minnesota will lose out on many economic benefits that come from giving professional artists the opportunity to teach their craft.

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Artist Spotlight – Introspective Poet, Rachel Moritz

Artist Spotlight – Introspective Poet, Rachel Moritz

Hi Rachel, thank you for letting COMPAS pick your brain. Can you tell us a little about your writing background?

I write poetry and creative nonfiction. I’ve written seriously since my early twenties, though I was definitely a bookish kid who spent most of her time reading and writing. My family moved around a lot when I was young, which probably led to a heightened sense of introspection. Writing helped me make sense of the world—it still does today.

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Making Magic Happen

Making Magic Happen

Last December, I participated on a Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) panel to review proposals for Visual Artist Initiative grants. Artists who are awarded a grant receive funds to support artistic development, to nurture their creativity and to acknowledge the many contributions they make to our state.

Reviewing proposals can often be time consuming and exhausting. But after the two days, I walked away feeling reinvigorated about my purpose in the arts.

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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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