COMPAS Welcomes Two New Staff Members
Julie Strand and Marian Santucci to lead COMPAS Programs
Saint Paul, MN (June 2, 2016) – Today, 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.
“Julie and Marian bring a wealth of experience in nonprofit program management and growth,” said COMPAS Executive Director Dawne Brown White. “We’re thrilled they will be joining us as we continue to innovate and grow to meet the need for quality art education programs.”
Julie Strand is a professional teaching writer who has extensive experience with art programming and management. She was a Stephen R. Kustra Fellow at Boise State University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Julie will manage the COMPAS Creative Classroom program, which places professional teaching artists in classrooms across the state of Minnesota to help students learn and grow through creativity.
Marian Adams Santucci has worked in education for over 35 years as a teacher, school administrator, and non-profit program manager. Her work includes all aspects of program management, and has focused on creating and sustaining partnerships in a variety of settings. Marian will manage the COMPAS Artful Aging program, which connects older adults with professional teaching artists at hospitals, community centers, and residential facilities.
COMPAS uses the arts to unleash the creativity within all of us, so we can create better lives and better communities. The staff and 100+ artists on its roster are experienced innovators in creative, art-filled learning and have been cited for excellence by the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the MN Dept of Education, the NEA and others. Programs are held at schools, libraries, hospitals, shelters and other community centers. Artists hail from over 40 different cultural backgrounds and engage people in award-winning art-creation experiences in a variety of literary, musical, visual and performing art genres.
Juliana Anderson Wilkins