Artists in Action – Your COMPAS News Round-up

It’s always wonderful hearing how COMPAS makes creators, but what about seeing it? Take a glimpse at how our artists and mission help cultivate meaningful artistic experiences that inspire generations young and old. Watch and share the magic with your friends and family!

In literary news, COMPAS artist Marcie Rendon debuts her first novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press). Set in Fargo, ND, the story follows a 19-year-old heroine who see's her life as "a living, breathing country western song", and barrels on a journey through self-discovery. Marcie is a talented writer and poet on our artist roster and her novel now joins her other four amazing nonfiction children’s books.

But in this, her first mystery, she finds new depth and an ample storytelling platform for her informed views on the historic persecution of Indians.” ­–Ginny Green, Star Tribune. Read the full-length review here.  

Earlier this month we wanted to address a proposed federal budget plan that would ultimately eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Days like March 3rd, where well over 500 people got creative in COMPAS programs, would be that much harder to obtain. Over 57,000 Minnesotans thrive from the creative access we provide each year and it’s pertinent to be aware of how these plans affect our mission. Read more about this issue and what you can do to help.  

Mark your calendars! Our 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival returns this June 24th from 3 - 7 pm. Join us for local artists, craft beer and spirits, and live music.

Do you have an up-and-coming artist in your life? Nominate them on Facebook to be featured as a COMPAS Creator at Arts & Crafts! The winning artist will get the opportunity to perform on the main stage at Arts & Crafts, plus receive tickets to the event, and a cash prize. Tag an artist in the comments to nominate. Nominations will close on May 1, 2017.

Contest details: Nominated artists will be contacted by COMPAS to confirm their willingness to participate. Nominated artists must be amateurs, defined as someone who is not currently employed as a professional artist in their art form. Nominees can be any age, and be located anywhere in Minnesota.