March Artist Spotlight: Musician of Preservation, Laura MacKenzie

March Artist Spotlight:  Musician of Preservation, Laura MacKenzie

"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."

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Eliminating Federal Funding for the Arts Means Fewer Opportunities for Minnesota Students, Artists

Eliminating Federal Funding for the Arts Means Fewer Opportunities for Minnesota Students, Artists

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.

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February Artist Spotlight: Introspective Poet, Rachel Moritz

February Artist Spotlight: Introspective Poet, Rachel Moritz

"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."

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January Artist Spotlight: Circus Artist, Benjamin Domask

January  Artist Spotlight: Circus Artist, Benjamin Domask

"Everything I do is to foster my creativity. Every moment is utilized during the day. It could be in the way I move to pick something up. It could be the way I say hello to a server at a restaurant. It could be how I am answering this question. I try to take each occurrence throughout the day and analyze why they happened. As an actor: so that I can act better. As a clown: so that I can clown better. As a musician: so that I can express the music better."

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December Artist Spotlight: Haitian Hoofer, Djenane Saint Juste

December Artist Spotlight: Haitian Hoofer, Djenane Saint Juste

"I have taught and choreographed in Minnesota, California, Haiti and Cuba, using dance and music to empower people of all ages and connect them with crucial outlets for self-expression. I have always found a way to practice and share the songs and dances that run in my blood. Despite limited resources; I take time to build community wherever I go."

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