(SAINT PAUL) – Over a period of six weeks, recording and COMPAS teaching artist Kristoff Krane and filmmaker Maria Juranic worked with ten Saint Paul teenagers to create FEAR, an original soundtrack and video. The project took place at the Canvas Teen Art Center, a program of the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with arts organization COMPAS.
Under the guidance of Krane, young rappers J.Y.D., Misfit the Emcee, BooDuh Man, Aquarius, Markie D and singer Mai Nhia Thao developed FEAR based on their ideas of anxiety and uneasiness. “The youth really wanted to do something extraordinary; use their own words and aesthetic to express themselves. Working with Krane and Juranic for the video was a great fit”, said Arts Coordinator Witt Siasoco.
In collaboration with the rappers and Juranic, a group of teen filmmakers including Grace Norback, Frances Kane, Jabari Pierre, and Zoe McCully, shot and produced the video. Beats were provided courtesy of local artist Lazerbeak of Doomtree, a Midwest hip-hop collective.
To view the video click here
About the Canvas:
A program of the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation in partnership with COMPAS, The Canvas provides teenagers a vital safe space to meet other young artists, develop their talents under the tutelage of accomplished artists, and outlet to voice their opinions through art. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Youthprise.
Contact for further information:
COMPAS Arts Coordinator, The Canvas
1610 W. Hubbard Ave, St. Paul