Awesome Creativity – Your COMPAS News Round-up

Today is the last day to nominate a school for our art supply giveaway! Visit the COMPAS Facebook page to make your nomination.

Headed to the Minnesota Educator Academy conference in October? On Friday the 21st, COMPAS teaching artist Mica Lee Anders and Arts Innovation Director, Betsy Mowry Voss, will present "Literacy Through Imagery: A Creative Approach."  Learn how your school can use technology and imagery to help ELL students connect with literacy. You can also visit us at the COMPAS booth in the main exhibit hall on Thursday, October 20. See you there!

We’re excited to announce that we have been nominated for the award of “Community Partner of the Year” by Ally People Solutions. Ally provides programming and services for adults with mental and physical handicaps. COMPAS teaching artist Katrina Knutson worked with Ally clients to create self-portraits and colorful aerosol art. Thanks, Ally! We truly value our partnership.

There’s still time to RSVP for the Cocktails & Creativity event next week! Join us for cocktails and snacks as we hear from COMPAS artists, and learn about the impact your support can make on COMPAS programs. 

Councilwoman Amy Brendmoen and COMPAS board president, Roderic Southall.

Councilwoman Amy Brendmoen and COMPAS board president, Roderic Southall.

We’re so proud of the ArtsWork apprentices who worked on the Marydale Mural that was unveiled on Saturday. Make sure to check out this amazing work of art the next time you are in the Marydale Park area! Check out photos from the press conference on Facebook. Missed last week’s post about this exciting project? Read it here.

Did you see this month’s Artist Spotlight? Theater artist Taous Khazem shares her views on how Arts education is needed in our community to expand children’s worlds. As Taous says, “Art gives children a chance to express themselves in new ways that perhaps hadn’t been available to them before.” Thanks for sharing with us, Taous!

Congratulations to COMPAS teaching artists Joko Sutrisno, Lisa Berman and Nicole Brending, who each received 2016 Artist Fellowships from the McKnight Foundation. McKnight Foundation fellowships are awarded to professional artists to help them study, reflect, and grow in their craft over the fellowship year. 

We kind of suspected this might be the case… but a new survey from the National Endowment for the Arts shows that Minnesota has some of the highest rates of creative arts participation in the U.S. Here’s to reaching even more people with the power of creativity!  

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. – Charles Mingus