Artists in Action – Your COMPAS News Round-up

Have you ever wondered what COMPAS teaching artists do when they aren’t helping students connect with creativity? They accomplish some amazing things! Here is a sample of what COMPAS artists have accomplished this month:

COMPAS teaching artist coming soon to a theatre near you: Movie rights to artist Kelly Barnhill’s book The Girl Who Drank the Moon have been acquired by Fox Animation.

COMPAS teaching artist Saymoukda Vongsay works with students during a writing workshop in Kittson, MN

COMPAS teaching artist Saymoukda Vongsay works with students during a writing workshop in Kittson, MN

Artists May Lee-Yang, Saymoukda Vongsay and Desdamona have come together to co-found the Community Artists Leadership Initiative (C.A.L.I.), with a mission to build the leadership capacity of marginalized artists

Artist May Lee-Yang was awarded the Sally Award for Arts Access at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Did you know that access to creative writing programs can help jail and prison inmates develop better self-discipline, and reduce recidivism rates? Many thanks to the Pioneer Press for highlighting the work of one of our newest programs, which is helping women in jail share their experiences through writing.  

We had a wonderful time visiting with educators from across the state at this year’s Minnesota Educator Academy conference! Missed our session on how arts can advance literacy? Read about it here

Give to the Max Day is coming up! Follow the COMPAS Facebook page for info on how you could get a personal poetry reading from a COMPAS teaching artist.

“…Spoken word is very much about building community and telling our stories.” COMPAS Artist Kyle “Gaunte” Tran Myhre talked with us about why he is passionate about teaching spoken word.

Do students have to choose between art education and athletics? One teacher writes about the benefits of pursuing both.

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” – Mary Oliver

By COMPAS staff member Juliana Anderson Wilkins