This summer, COMPAS is bringing a new team member onto the creative crew! Meet Melissa Moua — an outdoors enthusiast with a passion for photography and journalism. She will be working through the summer to photograph and film workshops and programs as well as assist our Teaching Artists during our summer camps (luckily for you there are still a few spots open — check them out!) Get to know a little more about her in this installment of Inside the COMPAS Studio!
Melissa may be a new face in the office, but she has worked with COMPAS in the past through our ArtsWork program in 2017! The mural project, which is still proudly displayed today at the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, was created with Teaching Artists Mica Lee Anders, Sharra Frank, Armando Gutièrrez G. and Katrina Knutson, alongside some incredibly talented apprentices, including Melissa.
“COMPAS inspired and encouraged me to positively impact the community through the arts,” Melissa says as she recalls the ArtsWork experience. “It really allowed me to grow as an artist.”
Melissa has always had a deep love and understanding for the visual arts — specifically photography and film. “I love that photography captures moments that would otherwise be unseen to the majority of the world. It’s a powerful tool.”
She saw the impact of her artwork firsthand during her trip to India last year. “I helped create original paintings for a new housing community. It created this incredibly welcoming environment that was really inspiring.”
Some non-art related activities Melissa loves during the summer are kayaking, exploring the outdoors and bubble tea — when you think about it there’s an art to those activities too!
Thank you for chatting Melissa! We’re excited to have you on board this summer and can’t wait to see what your creative eye will capture.