"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
"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
"Verbal storytelling gives me the chance to create a world with word images. It transports us to new places and can inspire us to dare great things, even when we're feeling scared. Stories are also powerful lessons, showing us how to solve problems and face overwhelming odds."Read More
- Communities Creating Their Own Public Art
- Creative Conversations: Artist Spotlight: Eloquent Educator, Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre
- Art Supply Giveaway Winner Announced!
- Come See Us - Art Educators of MN Conference!
- It's Almost That Time of Year Again...37th Annual Student Anthology Reading & Celebration!
"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
- The Arts Hit the Ground Running This School Year
- Creative Conversations: Artist Spotlight: Theatre Traveler, Taous Khazem
- ArtsWork Press Conference & Ribbon Cutting
- Last Chance:Nominate a school for our Art Supply Giveaway!
- It's Almost Here...Cocktails and Creativity on October 7th
"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
- Visual Arts Award Winners at the Fair
- Creative Conversations: Artist Spotlight: Temporary Art, Permanent Teacher, Shakun Maheshwari
- ArtsWork Press Conference & Ribbon Cutting
- Nominate a school for our Art Supply Giveaway!
- Don't Forget...Cocktails and Creativity on October 7th
"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
"I love other art forms, over my life so far I’ve played classical viola and piano, I’ve played fiddle and accordion, I’ve sculpted, painted and made woodcuts and intaglio prints. But writing is the thing I can’t not do."Read More
"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
"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
COMPAS announces that two new staff members, Julie Strand and Marian Santucci, have joined the organization. Julie will serve as Creative Classroom Program Director, and Marian will serve as Artful Aging Program Director.Read More
- Learning To Act Your Age
- COMPAS Arts Program Director Retiring
- The Blog Gains Perspective This Month
- Creative Conversations: Artist Spotlight: Carnatic Composer, Nirmala Rajasekar & COMPAS Youth Boost with Jack Sutter
- Cheers for COMPAS
- Visit COMPAS At The Flint Hills Festival
"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