Longtime Youth Advocate Joins COMPAS as Executive Director

Saint Paul, MN (May 24, 2013) – COMPAS, a nationally-recognized provider of arts education programs, is pleased to announce youth advocate and 25-year nonprofit veteran Dawne Brown White will join COMPAS as its new Executive Director on June 3, 2013.

Brown White brings expertise in organizational leadership, revenue development and fundraising to COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts). She has a passion for building relationships and growing programs to meet community needs, especially those that strengthen children and families. Since moving to the Twin Cities from Canada she has held positions with the Girl Scouts, the University of Minnesota and the Ronald McDonald House before starting her own non-profit to increase dental access for underserved youth.

“We are excited to have Dawne leading COMPAS,” said Cheryl Bock, President of COMPAS’ Board of Directors. “Dawne’s background, passion and commitment to using creative programs to encourage youth development and cultural understanding are exactly what COMPAS needs as we move into our 40th year of serving our community through the arts.”

"There has never been a more important time to increase arts access in our communities,” said Brown White. “COMPAS has a stellar reputation of powering imaginations. I'm thrilled to be chosen to work with such a dedicated staff, amazing artists, volunteers and board members to build on forty years of success.”

In addition to her professional credentials, Brown White’s volunteer involvement has included the arts, women and girls’ leadership, social service organizations and community-based youth sports organizations.

A community reception for Brown White will be announced at a later date.

COMPAS engages students, teens, hospital patients and older adults in creating art. All programs are led by professional musicians, visual artists, performers, and writers. Established in 1968 and incorporated in 1974, COMPAS is an experienced innovator in creative, art-filled learning. From its first Poets in the Schools program to the current Arts Education programs, COMPAS has been recognized for excellence from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Last year over 55,000 Minnesotans participated in COMPAS programs.