Artists in Action - Your COMPAS News Round-Up

September is always a month of transition for COMPAS. We go back to school too! We’re looking forward to another year of creative programming, both in and outside of schools. One of our favorite things to do is unlock students’ creative potential. With 100+ highly experienced Teaching Artists, we have programs for all communities. Please let us know what we can do for you!

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September is also the month we have our annual artist business meeting. It’s our biggest artist gathering of the year. With dozens of our artists in one room, it’s inevitable that tons of fun and learning will be had! Don’t you wish all your meetings warmed up with West African drumming and dancing? Teaching Artists and staff shared info and prepared for another year of bringing arts education to Minnesotans! While we champion all of our wonderful team of Teaching Artists, we congratulated one specific individual with the Teaching Artist of the Year Award. This year’s award was presented by our Board President, Susan Rotilie, and given to Karla Nweje, who is one of COMPAS’ power house Teaching Artists. Karla’s specialty is movement and dance that entertains, informs and provokes thought. Wahoo!

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This month we also said goodbye to Arts Marketing Assistant, Michael Salazar, who was the creative writing force behind our social media posts, blogs and newsletters for the past few years. He will be greatly missed but is now improving the lives of Pre-Health students at the University of Minnesota. Catch his bon voyage post that reflects on his time here with us at COMPAS and all that he learned along the way.