October Artist Spotlight: Eloquent Educator, Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre

October Artist Spotlight: Eloquent Educator, Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre

"This isn’t a very dramatic story, but I think it’s an important story for students to hear: first, you don’t have to be a certain type of outgoing, energetic person to be a performance artist. Second, a lot of this work is more about relationships than natural talent. Finally, and kind of combining those two impulses, spoken word is very much about building community and telling our stories. There’s power in that, more power than just going up on stage and getting high scores from the judges."

Read More

September Artist Spotlight: Theatre Traveler, Taous Khazem

September Artist Spotlight: Theatre Traveler, Taous Khazem

"Arts education is needed in our community to expand children’s worlds. Art gives children a chance to express themselves in new ways that perhaps hadn’t been available to them before. Kids who have trouble sitting still have the opportunity to get up and move. A teacher comes in who says you want to make a funny noise? Yes please! Just do it on cue!"

Read More

August Artist Spotlight: Temporary Art, Permanent Teacher, Shakun Maheshwari

August Artist Spotlight: Temporary Art, Permanent Teacher, Shakun Maheshwari

"Art is the best way to learn about different cultures. By learning about different cultures through art a student thinks and finds their own way to respect and find both similarities and unique qualities of various cultures. With respect they will learn to love every human being and respect their own culture and help to change the world with love."

Read More

June Artist Spotlight: Multi-talented, Mica Lee Anders

June Artist Spotlight: Multi-talented, Mica Lee Anders

"Teaching is my heart. Seeing the immediate effect art can have on the students is wonderful. Watching them ask questions, test boundaries, gain confidence, and create works they're proud of is why I teach. It's so neat to take an idea from my head and watch as the students turn it into something real and often even more amazing than I could ever have dreamed."

Read More

COMPAS Youth Boost with Evan Gabriel

COMPAS Youth Boost with Evan Gabriel

"No matter what stage you are in life, there are always people pushing past expectations or doubts and fighting to make their dreams happen. Diversity is key in helping you realize what makes you individual, and what you have to offer. You might have to face a fear of standing in front of an audience of 100 people and introducing a piece of original music. You never know, but it's best to keep your eyes open and go seek." 

Read More

May Artist Spotlight: Carnatic Composer Nirmala Rajasekar

May Artist Spotlight: Carnatic Composer Nirmala Rajasekar

"I began training in Carnatic music at the age of 6. I have been told by my parents that I would always want to perform, even from the age of 2 or 3, inviting my friends and family to watch my ‘performances.' Some of the greatest influences of my life have been the environment in which I grew up, the South Indian city of Chennai and its cultural background where young children were encouraged to follow their interest in the arts, even from a very young age."

Read More