Artists in Action - Your COMPAS News Round-Up

Screenshot from Riverside Elementary students’ stop-motion film

Screenshot from Riverside Elementary students’ stop-motion film

With June comes the end of the school year, longer days, patio season and of course creativity! We’ve kicked off our series of summer camps, took a tour of the North with Teaching Artist See More Perspective and walked down memory lane with a previous COMPAS anthology writer. That and more in this month’s News Round-Up!

Thank you!

As the school year ends, so does our fiscal year. This year we reached over 50,000 individuals from all over Minnesota to inspire, teach, motivate and create through the power of the arts. It’s because of supporters like you who read the blogs, share the pictures, like the posts and come out to the events that truly make a difference in our work. From the bottom of our hearts… thank you!

Stop-Motion Animation in Rochester

Throughout the 2018 - 2019 school year, Teaching Artist John Akre spent three weeks at Riverside Central Elementary teaching stop-motion animation to 3rd graders! Students made videos covering the history of Rochester to videos about ancient Egypt. Check out those videos and more here!

“It was quite the experience, honestly. Profound, really.”

This month, we caught up with Teaching Artist See More Perspective about his time in Northern Minnesota this spring, where he recently completed an artist tour with stops at Two Harbors Library, Grand Marais Public Library, Silver Bay High School, and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Lake, MN. Read all about it!

Final performance poster created by students from Teaching Artist Benjamin Doamask’s Summer Art Camp

Final performance poster created by students from Teaching Artist Benjamin Doamask’s Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camps

This month, we kicked off the beginning of our Summer Art Camp series with Teaching Artists Benjamin Domask and Sharra Frank! Benjamin helped students take center stage in his Circus Art camp and Sharra merged science, theater and art with STAR Camp — partnered with Science Museum of Minnesota and Stepping Stone Theatre. If your student didn’t have a chance to make it to these, don’t worry! There are still many chances to work with a COMPAS Teaching Artist this summer. See our list of Summer Art Camps here!

Taking Pride in Creativity

It started with a riot… and now 50 years later the LGBTQ+ community continues to honor and celebrate queer people each June with Pride. In honor of Pride month, Teaching Artist and puppeteer Bart Buch shared some thoughts on the importance of creativity and art in the queer community and how it’s shaped him as an artist. Thank you Bart!

A young Sara Biren reading her poem at the Landmark Center

A young Sara Biren reading her poem at the Landmark Center

Poetry and Tigers and Anthologies… oh my!

Tigers don’t seem like the ideal companion but they were for a young Sara Biren! Not actual tigers — that would be dangerous — but through the power of a COMPAS poetry residency she recalled memories of drawing tigers when she was younger, which at the time were her fictional friends. Her poem ended up in COMPAS’ 1986 anthology of student writing (A Piece of the Moon is Missing)! Take a walk down creative memory lane and read all about Sara’s experience here!

Teaching Artist Taous Khazem

Teaching Artist Taous Khazem

Teaching Artist Sarah Nassif

Teaching Artist Sarah Nassif

Next Step Fund Awards

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council awards a total of $176,717 to 36 individual artists in the FY 2019 Next Step Fund grant program. We’re excited to announce that two COMPAS Teaching Artists (Sarah Nassif and Taous Khazem) have been awarded this grant! Congratulations and COMPAS is proud to be partnering with you!