COMPAS Opens Office in Northwest Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Elwyn Ruud, long time Roseau School District Educator, to help Northern Minnesota schools expand arts integration

St. Paul, Minnesota (October 21, 2014)– COMPAS, Minnesota’s most comprehensive arts education organization, announces it is increasing support to Northwestern Minnesota schools with the addition of a local representative.

While many educators understand how creative enrichment programs teach students skills that prepare them for success, educators often lack time to plan or funds to pay for the programs. COMPAS’ new representative, Ms. Elwyn Ruud, will be able to help schools with both areas.

COMPAS has provided schools across Minnesota with in-depth arts residencies for over 40 years. The more than 100 high-caliber, practicing writers and artists who lead COMPAS programs represent a wide variety of art forms and cultural backgrounds. These trained professionals provide hands-on training in artistic techniques and integrate their material into classroom curriculum.

Ms. Ruud, recently retired after 34 years of teaching third grade in the Roseau Public Schools, witnessed firsthand how students benefit from interacting with artists.

“As a teacher I worked with COMPAS for many years, bringing poets, musicians, spoken word artists, songwriters, and many other artists into local classrooms to work directly with our students.  The COMPAS programs provide students with creative inspiration, new approaches to learning, and fun. All of these add up to students being more interested and involved in their own learning.”

After many years of coordinating arts residencies for the Roseau Public Schools and summer arts programs for Tri-County Public Schools, Ms. Ruud says, “I am now looking forward to helping other educators integrate these creative programs into their schools.”

Ms. Ruud can also help educators work with the Northwest Regional Arts Council to access funding to bring these nationally-recognized programs right into their own classrooms.

Many former students fondly remember the COMPAS programs that came into their classrooms, giving them the opportunity to work with artists like Ross Sutter and Charlie Maguire.

Ms. Ruud can be reached at Additional information about COMPAS hands-on arts education programs can be found at  

COMPAS is an experienced innovator in the field of creative, art-filled learning for people of all ages, and has been recognized for excellence from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Each school has students with a range of learning styles. The arts provide new pathways to success for those who may struggle in more rigid academic settings and expand horizons and build 21st century skills like creativity, collaboration and critical thinking for all students.


Press Contact:
Joan Linck, COMPAS Development and Marketing Manager

75 Fifth Street West, Suite 304
Saint Paul, MN 55102