"Through COMPAS, we’ve been able to bring Bharatanatyam—and with it, the arts and culture of India, and our own perspectives as first- and second-generation Indian-American artists—to hundreds of classrooms throughout Minnesota."Read More
"Some of the best artists is the world are living and creating here. The work that is created here is on par with art you would see in New York and L.A., though the rest of the world may be unaware of it."Read More
"Teaching is so incredible because the students have so much to give the teacher. I hope the participants of the programs I am involved in learn that they are enough. That they are worthwhile, and deserve to do well."Read More
"I believe in sharing my knowledge and skill-sets as part of my art practice. To share the knowledge I have and see what my students do with that knowledge is deeply rewarding and I always learn something from every group I work with."Read More
"Being a part of COMPAS makes me feel like I'm a part of a larger arts educator community, even if I'm not in touch with everyone on the artist roster. I feel like I'm part of a larger legacy of expanding arts in our state, and I'm proud of that."Read More
I didn't have any artistic background and I was not interested in art when I was younger. SAORI changed my LIFE! SAORI weaving focuses on self-expression rather than perfection. It is so freeing and great to express myself with colors and textures.Read More
"I want to build confidence and a feeling of investment in our neighborhoods and walls, the space that surrounds us. Painting a mural on a wall can transform the feeling of a city block and the whole neighborhood. I want to strengthen creativity, commitment to community, and a healthy work ethic."
"The main thing is that I can’t think of myself as different just because I’m a female. If I work hard and train equally as a male, I can achieve the same result. The only difference is that some moves come easier to a male than a female and vise versa because of where our center of gravity differs."Read More
"My mentor for the mosaics program was Sharra Frank. She wasn't just a nice mentor, she was also very professional. I really appreciated that she wasn't just showing us how to make a certain medium of art, she showed us how to be professional and respectful and appropriate in a work setting."Read More
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"When performing, I always remember what an effort it is for people to even decide to come out, to travel, park, pay if needs be, enter an unfamiliar room - what faith they have, to just get to the venue. I always intend to honor that faith, and give them something which over time I have found to be of great value. I do not try to compromise the music or song with too many efforts to be popular or familiar."Read More
Saint Paul, MN (March 16, 2017) – Today, President Trump proposed a federal budget plan that would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. If enacted, these proposed budget cuts would have an immediate negative impact on COMPAS artists and students in Minnesota by reducing the amount of funding available through state arts agencies.Read More
"With younger kids—say K-3rd grade—the mechanics of spelling and the effort of handwriting can get in the way of pleasure. For older adults with dementia or physical limitations, writing by hand is not always possible. In both cases, focusing on the orality of poetry makes its original delight accessible to all. Respect and love matter in both settings, also imagination and reverie."Read More