Artist in Action - Your COMPAS News Round-Up


September passed quicker than the swipe of a paint brush, but with each bristle came amazing creativity that will carry us into the fall! Let’s take a look in this month’s news round-up.

A Picture Paints a Thousand Stories

Mica Lee Anders stopped by Park Grove Library to create Wordless Picture Books. Students explored published wordless picture books and examined the detailed images to learn about the structure of a story—beginning, middle, end—plus the basic story elements like setting and character development. All the good stuff you need to make a compelling story — without the words! The art moves the story along and combines photography and collage to create the pages of their books.

Art work submitted to Made In the Shade art contest

Art work submitted to Made In the Shade art contest

Made in the Shade

This month, COMPAS teamed up with Made in the Shade 5K Walk, Run and Roll and Wingspan Life Resources to select art work created from some of the participating organizations. Made in the Shade is a celebration of partnerships, friendships, fundraising and community-building that makes a difference for hundreds of people with disabilities. We chose 15 amazing art pieces to be displayed at the run.

Celebrating Arts in Education Week!

Earlier in September, Americans for the Arts celebrated National Arts in Education Week. It’s a week dedicated to the importance and vitality creativity and the arts have in our schools. We took time to chat with some Minnesota Educators and Teaching Artist Stefon "Bionik" Taylor about what arts in the schools means to them and why it holds so much significance. See what they had to say!

The Beauty of the World

We gave COMPAS readers a little sneak-peek of this year’s 39th anthology of student writing from a Hillcrest Community School finalist!

Residents of Avinity Senior Living Community

Residents of Avinity Senior Living Community

What do you do to cherish a memory?

Maybe you scrapbook photos or reminisce the “good-times” with close friends over dinner. For some, using the power of creativity and art can spark beautiful memories, while creating new ones for years to come. Earlier this year, COMPAS Teaching Artists Zoë Bird and Anne Krocak were able to work with residents from Avinity Senior Living communities thanks to an Arts Learning grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board. Read all about it here!