Saint Paul, MN (June 23, 2016) – Today, COMPAS is excited to announce that fifteen new teaching artists have joined the organization’s roster of more than 100 talented individual teaching artists and performing groups.
New teaching artists include Fiona Avocado (Visual Art), Nicole Brending (Visual Art), Alexei Moon Casselle (Spoken Word), Naomi Cohn (Literary), Siama’s Afrobilly with Siama Matuzungidi & Dallas Johnson (Music), Benjamin Domask (Performance), Downrange Telemetrics with Becca Barniskis & Nick Jaffe (Music), In New Company with Lisa Berman (Dance), Tou SaiKo Lee (Spoken Word), MN Joe Tran (Dance), Djenane Saint Juste (Dance), Levi Weinhagen (Performance), and XROSS (Music) .
“These artists will make a tremendous contribution to our already thriving roster,” 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 in Minnesota.”
New artists were selected from a competitive pool of applicants as part of a biennial call for artists, and will join a roster of professional teaching artists that cross all genres of artistic expression. COMPAS teaching artists teach residencies and offer performances and workshops at schools and program sites across Minnesota. Artists are selected based on artistic ability and teaching experience and skills, and participate in ongoing professional development during their time on the roster. COMPAS strives to have an artist roster than showcases the incredible diversity of artistic expression and cultural backgrounds in Minnesota.
Read more about the COMPAS artist roster, including profiles of individual artists at COMPAS.org/artists.
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