Artists in Action – Your COMPAS News Round-Up

Sharing helpful tips, a special ArtsWork visit, and a mosaic you "moose't" see. Needless to say, it's been a full month at COMPAS!

5 Tips to put some pep in your step!

We asked our resident comic genius, COMPAS Teaching Artist Benjamin Domask, for a few tips that educators (and all of us!) can use when we need a little extra "oomph" to get through the week. Get all the helpful advice here

ArtsWork Apprentices Meet With Minnesota Leaders


Congresswoman Betty McCollum took some time this month to meet up with our incredibly talented artists and apprentices at Trout Brook Sanctuary. ArtsWork Apprentices have created more than 200 mosaic tiles for the site, and will cover more than 2,500 square feet of space with an original mural. COMPAS Teaching Artists Katrina Knutson, Sharra Frank, and Mica Lee Anders are leading the project, as well as artists Asfia Rizwy and Armando Gutierrez. Apprentices were connected with COMPAS through Face 2 Face, an organization that works with homeless and displaced youth, and the City of St. Paul’s Right Track program, which pairs youth with jobs across the city.

See more of Congresswoman McCollum's visit here!

Urban Artist Katrina Knutson

This months Artist Spotlight we highlighted visual and ArtsWork teaching artist Katrina Knutson. In this Artist Spotlight, Katrina gives us a little insight on her influences, everyday life, and how graffiti art is just as influential as painting on a canvas. 

We are moose't excited...!

Bailey Rae Mosaics "Moose"

Bailey Rae Mosaics "Moose"

For former ArtsWork apprentice Bailey Rae Mosaics's incredible moose mosaic, which will be featured as part of the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts exhibition. Be sure to stop by the Fine Arts Building and check it out. Congrats Bailey!

Take Action!

The Minnesota Department of Education is looking for your input on the Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan. Comment on this survey to let leaders know that art education during the school day is critical to helping Minnesota students succeed.

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Creative education isn't a "nice to have" -- it's a must-have. Thank you for standing up for Minnesota students and artists!

Knight Arts Challenge Accepted

At COMPAS, we believe creative expression can help people from all backgrounds and walks of life come together to build better lives and better communities.

As part of that goal, we're honored to be finalists for the Knight Arts Challenge. Our project proposal will introduce more young people to African-American artists as role models, creative thought leaders, and artistic resources through COMPAS Teaching Artist residencies in Saint Paul Public Schools.

We are excited for the opportunity to help carry out the Knight Foundation's mission of building informed and engaged communities through the arts!

Upcoming Events!

  • Come see BRKFST at the Owatonna CulturFest! Join the breakdancing group for a meet and greet on the small stage at 11:30am, followed by a choreographed performance on the main stage at 12:30pm.
  • Cocktails and Creativity! Thursday, September 28, join us for hors d'oeuvres and drinks as we meet COMPAS Teaching Artists and learn how we can help connect students across Minnesota with the power of creative education. Hosted by Dany Della Lana and Steve Hall & Peter Scott and Ron Zweber at 1920 Pillsbury Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55403.

RSVP required by September 22. Contact: | 651.292.4313