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Rooted in Creativity: Why I became a Teaching Artist

In this blog post, COMPAS Teaching Artist Kelley Meister shares some reflections on the lasting impact of educators, inspired by hir family’s teaching legacy. The smoothness of the wooden desks, the starched crisp uniforms, and the smell of chalkboards and school supplies greeted me. My grandfather had brought me to visit my grandmother’s kindergarten class. [...]

Unveiling the Mosaic: Empowering Creativity to Reshape Culture  

Something amazing is happening.  Right now, the world is experiencing something big and historic, and you should be part of it, especially if you want to uplift diversity and help Minnesota become more just and equitable.   We are living in a unique time of rapid and widespread change. Experts say it’s as significant as the [...]

Sailing Through Stories: A Journey with Charlie Maguire

COMPAS teaching artists are constantly innovating to capture and inspire audiences in exciting ways. Recently, content creator Ashley Lauren had the opportunity to sit down with Teaching Artist Charlie Maguire to delve into his latest project. We’re thrilled to give you an exclusive peek into Charlie’s newest work. Introducing “Bartalina: True Stories and Songs of [...]

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Mayor proclaims Thursday, March 7, 2024 to be COMPAS Day in the City of Saint Paul!

We are thrilled to learn that as we begin our 50th anniversary celebration YEAR, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has proclaimed tomorrow, March 7th, to be ‘COMPAS Day in the City of Saint Paul’. Thank you for your kind support, Mayor Carter!!

Celebrating Black artists: Black History Month and beyond

COMPAS is honored to collaborate with many Black artists. These talented, visionary Teaching Artists put creativity in the hands of Minnesotans of all ages and abilities, every day, all year long. As we bid farewell to Black History Month 2024, please join us in honoring the remarkable influence of Black artists worldwide, whose creativity and [...]

COMPAS launches 50th-anniversary celebration with juried art show for visual artists 12-18 years old

Award show & gallery opening to be held on Thurs., March 7 at 5:00pm at Landmark Center Press contact: Samantha Massaglia / 612.618.5507 / [email protected] (Saint Paul, MN) – COMPAS, a non-profit education organization that teaches through art, has announced details of the 3rd annual juried student art show, gallery exhibition, and awards ceremony for [...]

COMPAS white paper excerpt #4: The Arts and Social Progress

Click on the image to access section 4 of our new white paper, The Art of Creating Positive Change.

Soli Hughes shares the history of rock ‘n roll

Soli Hughes is a world-renowned concert and ensemble guitarist and has been a COMPAS Teaching Artist for 30 years. In this blog post by Ashley Lauren, we’re honored to highlight his background, musical journey, and popular workshop, “The History of Rock ’n Roll,” which was recently offered at Hennepin County Library. Soli grew up in [...]


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COMPAS is an arts education nonprofit that puts creativity in the hands of Minnesotans, regardless of their age, background, or skills. Based in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, COMPAS teaching artists deliver creative experiences and arts programming across Minnesota.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.