Artist in Action - Your COMPAS News Round-Up

May brought a lot of things: a well-deserved temperature increase, the Royal Wedding and the 32nd Star Wars film. Most importantly it brought us plenty of creativity! Here's a recap of what we were up to this month:


Illuminating the Trail with Charlie Maguire

Musician and songwriter, Charlie Maguire, visited Dassel and Cokato Elementary earlier this month for his "Singing on the Trail" residency. Charlie works with every student to write a new song as a group. Charlie has written over 900 songs with children as part of the COMPAS residency program. At the end of each week the students were able to perform their pieces for the community.

Rainbow Connection...

Visual Artist Gita Ghei

Visual Artist Gita Ghei

This month, visual artist Gita Ghei began working on a solar-powered Rainbow Spinner called "Tip Top Terrace", with kids at the Minnesota Children's Museum. Using aluminum and copper foil, each participant will create a unique piece of art that represents their own individual superpower. The artwork will be added to the spinner which will be installed late summer/early fall. 

Piece by Piece

"It’s part of the needs of older adults to leave a legacy, to tell their story, to make sense of their life experience and remember and piece together what was meaningful for them." - Pat Samples

Teaching artist Anne Krocak visited Edendale Residence in Eden Prairie to work with older adults on a large-scale mosaic project. This project was made possible through a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, which provided art-related projects to multiple Avinity locations. Curious to know how it turned out? Check out this feature in the Eden Prairie News