COMPAS Teaching Artist Selection Process

COMPAS has been putting creativity into the hands of Minnesotans for almost 50 years. Our professional artists work alongside students, teachers, senior citizens, hospital patients, teens, and just about any other community member to spark their imaginations and infuse their lives with creativity. Please review the website for more information.

COMPAS Teaching Artists connect with community members through performances, workshops, residencies and professional development. Programs take place throughout the state during school hours, after school, during the evening and on weekends. Locations include schools, libraries, senior care centers, events, youth programs and other community sites.

Teaching Artists are paid competitively for workshops and residencies, and performance fees are set by artist. We are most interested in artists who teach art forms or represent cultures or communities that are not our current roster or represent a gender working in an art form that is not represented on our roster.

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, we do require the following:

  • Minnesota resident
  • Demonstrated ability as an artist
  • Prior residency or teaching experience
  • Hiring is contingent upon completing a Criminal Background Check

In order to represent the communities we engage with, we are especially seeking in artists who represent communities of color, indigenous artists and LGBTQIA communities.

Our priorities include:

  •  Spoken word
  • Singing/songwriting
  • Music Therapy
  • Fiction Writing
  • Graffiti/Aerosol Art
  • Drumming
  • Mural painting
  • Clay/Pottery
  • Technology-games, animation, design
  • Mosaic

Focus experience areas:

  • STEM arts programs
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Youthwork
  • Justice systems
  • English Language Learners

To Apply                      

The application period for the COMPAS Teaching Artist roster is now closed. For questions about applying to become a COMPAS Teaching Artist during future open applications, please e-mail

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

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