Artists in Action - Your COMPAS News Round-Up

From Cloquet to Minneapolis, creativity was all over Minnesota this month! The school year may be wrapping up but that never slows down COMPAS Teaching Artists. Take a look at what we were up to in May!     

Summer Art Camps… they’re just around the corner!

Even though the classroom doors may close, creativity is essential all year ‘round! This year, we’re excited to be providing 12 summer art camps all across the Twin Cities — from creating mosaics piece by piece or producing your very own play, there’s something for everyone. Check out some of the camps we have coming up in June!

Teaching Artist Benjamin Domask juggling at Wordplay

Teaching Artist Benjamin Domask juggling at Wordplay

Playing Around With Words - We’re Not Talking About Scrabble…

The Loft’s Wordplay event brought in hundreds of literary connoisseurs and reading enthusiasts from across the state to celebrate all things writing. COMPAS joined the party with 6 Teaching Artists to provide interactive workshops with participants!

Arts & Crafts participants dancing with MN Joe and MonaLisa

Arts & Crafts participants dancing with MN Joe and MonaLisa

Arts & Crafts 2019 — Participants were “Able” to make their own performance!

Earlier this month, COMPAS visited Able Seedhouse + Brewery for Arts & Crafts — a fundraiser that allowed participants to create an original song and performance with some of our incredible Teaching Artists! We produced beats with Stefon “Bionik” Taylor, break-danced with MN Joe Tran & MonaLisa from BRKFST Dance Company & wrote original spoken word poetry with Desdamona.

Because of your support we raised over $27,000 for arts education in Minnesota! WOW. Thank you!

A huge thanks to all our generous sponsors: Travelers Insurance, 3M and RBC Wealth Management.

Listen below to the original song participants made with Bionik — a full on bop!

In the classroom…

  • Teaching Artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella was at Washington Elementary this month teaching 3rd graders a lesson in ecology through the art of puppetry. Students will finish the residency with a bee parade. See more photos in the Cloquet Pine Journal.

  • Teaching Artist Susan Armington created "Talking Suitcases" with students at Jenny Lind Elementary. Students fill suitcases with handmade objects that tell stories – personal, family stories, history & fiction.

  • Teaching Artist Mica Anders was working with 1st - 5th graders at Meadowridge Elementary to create mosaics!