Connect, Celebrate and Create!

Connect, Celebrate and Create!

Last Friday, October 25, I joined the community at McDonough Recreation Center and Mississippi Creative Arts School in Saint Paul for their 2nd annual Celebrate Me! Festival. Throughout the rec center, school and the outdoors in between, COMPAS and other community artists engaged kids and adults in interactive workshops and demonstrations. With my hands on my camera and my eyes on the art, my heart grew a deep appreciation for the community and ALL its artists!

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Artists in Action - Your COMPAS News Round-Up

Artists in Action - Your COMPAS News Round-Up

We’re six weeks away from our Celebrate Creativity Gala! Hope you can join us and power hosts, Saymoukda Vongsay and May Lee-Yang! If you missed it, check out the “Comedy Gold Duo Serving as Gala Emcees!” blog. We trace our way back to early interviews with the pair. From gaining insight from them, to learning what sparked their creative practices, to what it means for them to be a COMPAS teaching artist, the interviews leave us more excited to have them as our emcees!

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Creating a Community

Creating a Community

FAIR School Crystal is housed in a beautiful new building and needed art on the walls to make the inside as creative as the outside. After all, this grade 4-8 school is an arts-focused school – and the outside is shaped like a dragon. Instead of hiring an artist to work in isolation and paint a mural in the entryway, FAIR School wanted to use adorning their entryway as an opportunity to create community.

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Finding Refuge in Art

Finding Refuge in Art

For the past year, COMPAS artists have been working at Avivo sites to engage people who are living with mental illness in a variety of arts programs. The Star Tribune highlighted the program in an article in the Saturday, October 5th paper. One of our favorite quotes is from client Johanna Christianson who says about making art, “It helps me stay out of my head and bring it to a peaceful place.”

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Comedy Gold Duo Serving as Gala Emcees!

Comedy Gold Duo Serving as Gala Emcees!

COMPAS recently announced that Teaching Artists May Lee-Yang and Saymoukda Vongsay will be serving as emcees at our annual gala on Thursday, December 5th at the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis. These two are comedy gold individually so as a pair they will be the ultimate hosts. Let’s a take a look back at their artist spotlights from a few years ago and rediscover how multi-talented they are. COMPAS is SO lucky to work with such incredible artists!

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Inside the COMPAS Studio with Michael Salazar

Inside the COMPAS Studio with Michael Salazar

No one really tells you how scary post-college is. Maybe I’m more susceptible to the fear of the unknown or maybe I was tuned out during “the real world kinda sucks” portion of my senior seminar. Either way, the second I left the halls of my collegiate classrooms I was more anxious than an influencer at a music festival with two percent battery.

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