Creating a Sense of Belonging

Creating a Sense of Belonging

Every day we hear from teachers and administrators whose budget for creative education has been cut, or worse, eliminated altogether. We are in a constant battle to affirm what we know to be true – that creating art helps students learn and thrive in ways that traditional education can’t provide.

Leylo* would agree – she is part of a group of students in Rochester, MN who have experienced the incredible power of creativity while working with our teaching artist Frank Sentwali...

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Artists in Action – Your COMPAS News Round-Up

Artists in Action – Your COMPAS News Round-Up

Flowers aren't the only things blooming in April. Creativity is blossoming across Minnesota as we wrap-up a busy month in schools. Whether it's sixth graders writing poetry at Oak View Middle School in Andover, first graders creating their own theater production at Fairview Elementary in Mora, or high schoolers gaining photography skills at Stephen/Argyle High School, COMPAS is working in depth and across the state with students of all ages.

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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.

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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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