Artists in Action - Your COMPAS News Round-Up

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This November gave us a lot to be thankful for! Here’s your recap of all the creativity that went down:

You gave to the max!

November 15th was this year’s Give to the Max Day and with your generosity and support we raised over $3,500! You are creating artists like Esther Stoy, a senior from Blaine Senior High who received the COMPAS Art Award at the State Fair this year!

"I am currently pursuing my passion by getting my AFA at Anoka Ramsey Community College. It is awards like these that have really pushed me and driven me toward my dream of becoming an artist."

When Everything was Everything

Saymoukda Vongsay with illustrator Cori Lin

Saymoukda Vongsay with illustrator Cori Lin

Teaching Artists Saymoukda Vongsay was featured in MPR News’ “Art Hounds” for her children’s book “When Everything was Everything.”

From MPR: Pollen Co-Executive Director Jamie Millard loves Saymoukda Vongsay's new children's book "When Everything Was Everything" and so does her 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter. Quote: "Mommy, it's my favorite book!"

Saymoukda’s book was also named the “2018 Picture Book Favorite” at Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis!

Two for One!

Check out not one, but two Artist Spotlights this month!

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20 years of comedy gold mixed with a passion for teaching and an knack for improv and you’ve got Teaching Artist Levi Weinhagen! Check out his artist spotlight where he discusses his comedic inspirations, his theater company, Comedy Suitcase, and how comedy can get us through the joy and the pain.

Get animated with COMPAS newcomer Maret Polzine. We talked with them all about their background, including influences like "James and the Giant Peach" and "Nightmare Before Christmas", and what it means from them to be a part of the COMPAS family.

A Picture worth 1,000 stories

“COMPAS changed my life…” - Mike Hazard (Media Mike)

A picture is worth a thousand words. For Mike Hazard, or more artistically known as Media Mike, it’s worth a 1,000 stories. He has been clicking his camera with COMPAS since 1979 and creating beautiful images ever since!

Watch here to see what COMPAS means to Teaching Artist and photographer Media Mike!

Finding You Voice

“The reason I actually believed I could write a book is because COMPAS felt it was worthwhile to publish my work.” - Amy Hallberg

Amy was published in the 1987 anthology of student writing for her poem “The Dream”. Read all about how Amy’s experience with COMPAS 31 years ago not only shaped her career, but her life as well!

Please join us next Saturday, December 8th for this year’s celebration and reading of the 39th annual anthology of student writing, No, That’s Not the End.