Tigers don’t seem like the ideal companion but they were for a young Sara Biren! Not actual tigers — that would be dangerous — but through the power of a COMPAS poetry residency she recalled memories of drawing tigers when she was younger, which at the time were her fictional friends. Her poem ended up in COMPAS’ 1986 anthology of student writing (A Piece of the Moon is Missing)!Read More
“It was quite the experience, honestly. Profound, really.”
Teaching Artist See More Perspective recalled his experiences during his time in Northern Minnesota this spring. Throughout his mini-tour he stopped at Two Harbors & Grand Marais Public Library as well as Silver Bay high school and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Lake, performing and teaching the art of spoken-word!Read More
From Cloquet to Minneapolis, creativity was all over Minnesota this month! The school year may be wrapping up but that never slows down COMPAS Teaching Artists. Take a look at what we were up to in May!Read More
The school year is wrapping up - are you ready for summertime? Even though the classroom doors may close, creativity is essential all year ‘round!
This year, we’re excited to be providing 12 summer art camps all across the Twin Cities — from creating mosaics piece by piece or producing your very own play, there’s something for everyone.
Here are a few camps that are coming up:Read More
“A poem-a-day is brilliant because it makes space in the everyday racket for something as meaningful as a poem.” - Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate
National Poetry Month comes every April and it is the largest literary celebration in the world! Millions of readers of all ages all across the nation come together to celebrate the importance of poetry and the poets who bring the vivid words to life. This year, we celebrated with a poem-a-day!Read More
The sun is out and it’s a clear sign we’re onto warmer days here in Minnesota. An even clearer sign that Arts & Crafts is just around the corner! On May 5th at 6PM, we’re gathering at Able Seedhouse + Brewery and letting you make the art while working side-by-side with four incredible Teaching Artists. Bonus: Food will be provided by Animales Barbecue - which was named City Pages “Best Barbecue” in the Twin Cities for 2019. Prestigious!
Your ticket will also include a tasty beer or non-alcoholic beverage. Cheers!
And last, but of course not least, here is the lineup of the artists you get to work and create an original song with! From song-writing to producing the beat, the stage is all yours…Read More
Toprock, footwork and powermoves. Doesn’t sound like your typical 4thand 5thgrade classroom, but for Highland Elementary that’s exactly what they were served when Teaching Artist MN Joe Tran came to visit! For most students, breakdancing was unfamiliar territory. Though inexperienced, they were eager to start learning the elements of breaking.Read More
This month, COMPAS was introduced to two brand-new faces!
Mishel House and Ethan Stagg are members of the 2018-2019 Public Allies Twin Cities Cohort completing their Team Service Project here at COMPAS! Public Allies is a non-profit leadership program which seeks to equip young professionals with the skills they need to succeed in nonprofit and business management.Read More
March marks National Women’s History Month - commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. COMPAS is lucky and honored to be working with incredibly strong, talented female artists who are making history 24/7 — all year round. From the inner-city to rural Minnesota, we want to take a moment to share and celebrate some of the great art these women are making!Read More