Ribbon Cutting at Trout Brook Sanctuary

We came, we saw, we created!

After months and months of hard work by ArtsWork youth, COMPAS Teaching Artists Mica Lee Anders, Sharra Frank, Armando Gutièrrez, Katrina Knutson, assistant artist Asfia Rizwy and COMPAS’ Arts Innovation Director Betsy Mowry Voss, the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary underpass mural is complete! As seen in the video above, COMPAS held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the accomplishment that took a widespread supportive community to complete. Through this project, more than 40 youth apprentices learned valuable job skills as they worked to build a brighter future for themselves and a better community for us all. This project was an innovative collaboration between nonprofits, government entities, and private businesses who came together to give youth the opportunity to learn, connect, and grow through the arts.


If you’re in the area please stop by and take a look at the brightly painted cityscape, search for all the hidden creatures, count the snowflake, leaf, apple and flower mosaics. Whatever way you view the mural, we hope you take pleasure in it because it was done for everyone to enjoy for years to come.

Mural location:

Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary

1200 Jackson Street in Saint Paul, MN 55117

Assistant Apprentices:

  • Bakari Abraham
  • Brian Bell
  • Jessica Bishop
  • Rut Evo
  • Ja'mariese Flowers Stamps
  • Lily Harris
  • Jeaun Hopkins
  • Day'vell Hopkins
  • Brittney Johnson
  • Cristina Lora
  • Jayvin Miller-Murphy
  • Melissa Moua
  • Omar Muhammad
  • Kayla Parson
  • Cavontee Reeves-Moss
  • Isaiah Sandquist
  • Tommy Shannon
  • Oasis Sherman
  • Venessa Walker
  • Shawavia Winters
  • Taelor Yang


Lead Apprentices:

  • Priana Ali
  • Bryna Bostic
  • Tou Chang
  • Jaz’i Farmer
  • Sharon Izuora
  • Emily Jacobwitch
  • Shilpa Kennedy
  • Cristina Lora
  • Adar Makhtal
  • Oo Meh
  • Solea Price
  • Artrail Prichard
  • Gisselle Quintanilla
  • Say Reh
  • LaTisha Rondo
  • Ariel Smith
  • Adam Thao
  • Angelica Tonge
  • Jessica Trinh
  • Trinity Vang
  • Marissa Wegner
  • Dominique Williams

This project would not have been possible without the support of the following people and organizations:

  • Amy Brendmoen - Saint Paul City Councilmember of Ward 5
  • District 3 Commissioner Janice Rettman, who spearheaded the Trout Brook project and brought together the North End neighborhood to help make this nature sanctuary a reality
  • Kathleen Anglo, Senior Landscape Architect, City of Saint Paul
  • The City of St Paul Cultural STAR Program
  • The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation
  • The Sundance Family Foundation
  • The Mardag Foundation
  • The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
  • The City of Saint Paul’s Right Track program
  • Face to Face,
  • Giving WoMN, which provided support to Face to Face which enabled them to connect their youth to this project
  • Kendall’s Ace Hardware
  • BNSF Railway
  • And individual contributors to COMPAS