"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
"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."Read More
- 2016: A Year of Creative Discoveries
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"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."Read More
Today, COMPAS is proud to announce the Publication of its 37th Anthology of Student Writing, A Bird That Swims & Flies. A Bird That Swims & Flies continues the exciting series’ tradition of showcasing some of the most remarkable poetry, short stories, memoirs, plays, songs and spoken word pieces written by talented students from schools across Minnesota.Read More