Thank you for your interest in joining the COMPAS roster. Our most recent open call for artists closed on Feb. 26, 2016. We anticipate our next open call will be in early 2018.

The COMPAS Artist Roster includes the top Teaching Artists in the state of Minnesota. More than 70 artists offer residencies for schools and community sites. Another 30-40 artists/ensembles offer Performances and Workshops. We issue a Call for Artists about once every two years. We generally look for experienced Teaching Artists who work in specific art forms, especially those that are not already being offered by our current artists, or individuals who are from a range of cultural or ethnic backgrounds.

Note: Educators and sites are increasingly looking for ways the arts can align with academic standards or 21st Century Learning Skills. Artists with the ability to demonstrate how their art form can dovetail with these elements, without sacrificing the quality of the artistic component, are more likely to be given consideration.

To learn more about the current members of our Roster, check out the Artist Profiles.

Our Program Models

Please review our Program Types page to read about our residency and performance programs.

Application and Selection

Once an artist has submitted the required information listed below, the application process consists of an initial round of consideration by COMPAS staff, followed by finalists having a face-to-face interview with our Arts Advisory Committee. If selected, incoming artists then attend a New Artists Workshop, followed by individual training meetings with COMPAS staff, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

While we are open to a wide variety of artistic approaches and backgrounds, without the following elements your application has little chance of being accepted:

  • Minnesota resident
  • Demonstrated ability as an artist
  • Prior residency or teaching experience (of less importance if only applying to provide Performances)
  • Hiring is contingent upon completing a Criminal Background Check

To Apply

Please check back in late 2017 when we will post what is needed in your application packet.


Contact Betsy Mowry Voss at or 651-292-3259. Good luck!