Inside the COMPAS Studio with Melissa Moua

Inside the COMPAS Studio with Melissa Moua

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!

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Tigers Were My Friends - A COMPAS Anthology Flashback

Tigers Were My Friends - A COMPAS Anthology Flashback

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)!

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Creative Tour of the North -- with See More Perspective!

Creative Tour of the North -- with See More Perspective!

“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!

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Summer Art Camps are Here!

Summer Art Camps are Here!

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:

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More Than Words - Celebrating National Poetry Month!

More Than Words - Celebrating National Poetry Month!

“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!

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Bumping Beats, Breakdancing and Spoken Word for a Cause!

Bumping Beats, Breakdancing and Spoken Word for a Cause!

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…

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