Arts & Crafts Event Connects Minnesotans With Creativity

Fundraiser for COMPAS will feature craft beer & spirit tastings, live music and food trucks

Saint Paul, MN (April 27, 2015) – Today, COMPAS announces its inaugural Arts & Crafts event, which will be held at the Uppercut Boxing Gym in Northeast Minneapolis. Arts & Crafts will feature live performances from local bands Communist Daughter and The Jack Brass Band alongside tastings of more than 30 different beers, spirits, and hard ciders from local Minnesota Breweries and Distilleries.  

Proceeds from the event benefit COMPAS, a 501(c)3 organization that places professional, high-caliber artists in schools, care facilities, and community center across Minnesota to teach their craft.

Arts & Crafts will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd.  Tickets are $40 each and include unlimited craft beer, spirits and hard cider tasting; live music and hands-on art activities. Special VIP tickets are available for $75. In addition to the main event, VIP ticket holders have access to a special tasting session from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM featuring advanced tastings; complimentary snacks; and live music. Tickets are available at

If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $45.

“This event is all about celebrating creativity and the vital role it plays for individuals and communities,” said Dawne Brown White, COMPAS executive director. “What better way to do that than by enjoying the creativity of fabulous Minnesota craft brewers and distillers, and live bands?”

Participating brewers and distillers include 612 Brew; Du Nord Craft Spirits; Brau Brothers Brewing Company; Fair State Brewing Cooperative; Northgate Brewing; Sociable Cider Werks; Summit Brewing Company; Tin Whiskers Brewing Company; and Wander North Distillery.



COMPAS inspires Minnesotans to develop their creative selves; take risks; try something new; learn and grow. The staff and 100+ artists on its roster are experienced innovators in creative, art-filled learning and have been cited for excellence by the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the MN Dept of Education, the NEA and others. Programs are held at schools, libraries, hospitals, shelters and other community centers. Artists hail from over 40 different cultural backgrounds and engage people in award-winning art-creation experiences in a variety of literary, musical, visual and performing art genres. For more information about COMPAS, visit

Joan Linck
COMPAS Marketing and Development Manager