Artists in Action - Your COMPAS News Round-Up

This month, COMPAS was introduced to two brand-new faces!

Mishel House and Ethan Stagg are members of the 2018-2019 Public Allies Twin Cities Cohort completing their Team Service Project here at COMPAS! Public Allies is a non-profit leadership program which seeks to equip young professionals with the skills they need to succeed in nonprofit and business management.

These two are working through the spring to help COMPAS pilot our Prism Project. Prism seeks to combine elementary school residencies with a series of online lesson plans to increase student access to diverse curriculum on African-American art and provide teachers with the materials they need to bring these lessons to classrooms across Minnesota!

I currently work around facilitation/evaluation in health equity at the Wilder foundation. I have a three year old daughter named Emma. In my free time I love to bake, play card games and go to community events. My dream is to open my own bakery that is youth-ran.
I work as a Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Project for Pride in Living. A 2018 Macalester College graduate, I enjoy spending time with his cat Leo, backpacking in the forests around Minnesota, and going out to see music, and all things Lord of the Rings. I’m incredibly excited by the opportunity to help students think critically about arts education, and inspire their creativity.

We’re so excited to have them on the team!

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Mark Your Calendar

Arts & Crafts is back! Join us at Able Seedhouse + Brewery on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 from 6PM - 9PM for the 5th annual Arts & Crafts – a fundraiser in support of COMPAS. What’s better than a great brew from one of the top breweries in Minneapolis? A chance to create an original song, lyrics and dance with Teaching Artists Bionik, Desdamona, MN Joe & MonaLisa of BRKFST Dance Company.

Your ticket includes delicious craft beer from Able Seedhouse + Brewery, food from Animales Food Truck and the chance to work with these four artists. Couldn’t get tickets to Lizzo’s show? Create beats with Bionik, one of her producers instead! Write original lyrics with spoken word queen Desdamona and break it down on the dance floor with breakers MN Joe & MonaLisa!

In other news…

Teaching Artist Beverly Cottman

Teaching Artist Beverly Cottman

  • Teaching Artist Beverly Cottman performed some storytelling for a captivated audience at Columbia Heights Public Library! She tells stories of the African Diaspora as well as cultural tales from around the world.

  • Calling all Saint Paul poets! Now's your chance to have your words captured on sidewalks all across the city. Submit your poems (300 characters or less) to Public Art Saint Paul from now till April 15th. Poems can be in Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Dakota, and/or English. Teaching Artist Saymoukda Vongsay will be one of the judges determining the winners. Good luck and write on!

  • Teaching Artist Gita Ghei was at Roseville and Maplewood Library this month for “Metal Energy and American Values"! This two part workshop, which will carry into April, explores the making of a message as a public art piece. Participants will make decorated name plates in copper, and add a word to describe ourselves, and finish with a sharing session!

  • Teaching Artist Chiaki O'Brien worked with participants to create beautiful weavings using a SAORI loom at the Avivo Minneapolis meet & greet! Serving Minnesota since 1960, Avivo specialize in helping men, women, and families who face complex barriers – poverty, homelessness, unemployment, chemical addiction or mental health concerns – achieve recovery and economic stability. See some of their beautiful work below!