This week, we caught up with Teaching Artist Mike Arturi and chatted about his time at Kittson Central Elementary back in June. He was accompanied by Teaching Artists MN Joe and Aimme Bryant and together they filled the week with workshops including breakdancing, theater and drumming!Read More
This summer, COMPAS is bringing a new team member onto the creative crew! Meet Melissa Moua — an outdoors enthusiast with a passion for photography and journalism. She will be working through the summer to photograph and film workshops and programs as well as assist our Teaching Artists during our summer camps (luckily for you there are still a few spots open — check them out!) Get to know a little more about her in this installment of Inside the COMPAS Studio!Read More
With June comes the end of the school year, longer days, patio season and of course creativity! We’ve kicked off our series of summer camps, took a tour of the North with Teaching Artist See More Perspective and walked down memory lane with a previous COMPAS anthology writer. That and more in this month’s News Round-Up!Read More
It started with a riot… and now 50 years later the LGBTQ+ community continues to honor and celebrate queer people each June with Pride. In honor of Pride month, Teaching Artist and puppeteer Bart Buch shared some thoughts on the importance of creativity and art in the queer community and how it’s shaped him as an artist. Thank you Bart!Read More
Tigers don’t seem like the ideal companion but they were for a young Sara Biren! Not actual tigers — that would be dangerous — but through the power of a COMPAS poetry residency she recalled memories of drawing tigers when she was younger, which at the time were her fictional friends. Her poem ended up in COMPAS’ 1986 anthology of student writing (A Piece of the Moon is Missing)!Read More
“It was quite the experience, honestly. Profound, really.”
Teaching Artist See More Perspective recalled his experiences during his time in Northern Minnesota this spring. Throughout his mini-tour he stopped at Two Harbors & Grand Marais Public Library as well as Silver Bay high school and the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Lake, performing and teaching the art of spoken-word!Read More
From Cloquet to Minneapolis, creativity was all over Minnesota this month! The school year may be wrapping up but that never slows down COMPAS Teaching Artists. Take a look at what we were up to in May!Read More
The school year is wrapping up - are you ready for summertime? Even though the classroom doors may close, creativity is essential all year ‘round!
This year, we’re excited to be providing 12 summer art camps all across the Twin Cities — from creating mosaics piece by piece or producing your very own play, there’s something for everyone.
Here are a few camps that are coming up:Read More
“A poem-a-day is brilliant because it makes space in the everyday racket for something as meaningful as a poem.” - Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate
National Poetry Month comes every April and it is the largest literary celebration in the world! Millions of readers of all ages all across the nation come together to celebrate the importance of poetry and the poets who bring the vivid words to life. This year, we celebrated with a poem-a-day!Read More
The sun is out and it’s a clear sign we’re onto warmer days here in Minnesota. An even clearer sign that Arts & Crafts is just around the corner! On May 5th at 6PM, we’re gathering at Able Seedhouse + Brewery and letting you make the art while working side-by-side with four incredible Teaching Artists. Bonus: Food will be provided by Animales Barbecue - which was named City Pages “Best Barbecue” in the Twin Cities for 2019. Prestigious!
Your ticket will also include a tasty beer or non-alcoholic beverage. Cheers!
And last, but of course not least, here is the lineup of the artists you get to work and create an original song with! From song-writing to producing the beat, the stage is all yours…Read More