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COMPAS white paper excerpt #3: The Arts and Community

Click on the image to access section 3 of our new white paper, The Art of Creating Positive Change.

Checking in with DJ Kool Akiem

In libraries across Minnesota, COMPAS teaching artists perform for children’s story time, create with older adults during weekly art-making sessions, lead hands-on workshops for kids during out-of-school days, and put on some killer celebrations of literature, arts, and culture. COMPAS Teaching Artist DJ Kool Akiem recently led a 4-week workshop series about the Art & [...]

COMPAS white paper excerpt #2: The Arts and Academic Benefits

Click on the image to access section 2 of our new white paper, The Art of Creating Positive Change.

COMPAS white paper excerpt: The Art of Creating Positive Change

Click on the image to access “The Arts and Well-Being,” the first section of our new white paper. More to come in the weeks ahead.

2023 Anthology reading recap

“This can be the beginning of something big for future generations” José G. (parent of COMPAS anthology author) The COMPAS Anthology Reading took place at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. This special event highlighted profound and inspiring young poets who were selected to be included in the 44th [...]

New COMPAS talent!

We’re thrilled to share that Jes Reyes, an interdisciplinary artist, artist organizer, and professional teaching artist, has joined our team as an Arts Program Manager. She will oversee COMPAS’ Artful Aging™™ and Access Arts programs and other offerings that bring creative experiences to people who face barriers to experiencing or participating in the arts.   “Jes [...]

Celebrating Brian Kopperud: A legacy of generosity and creativity

The Kopperud Family Everything COMPAS does to bring creativity into the lives of Minnesotans is powered by our donors, and the stories we hear about what inspires their generosity are profoundly moving. One such story was shared with us recently by the Kopperud family, who raised funds for COMPAS in honor of their late father, [...]

The arts help students see themselves

“Everybody has their own culture and things they love the most about it. If kids see things from their culture at school, they’ll learn they should love who they are and where they came from.” These wise words were spoken by Sherlyn, a 4th-grade student at Eagle View Elementary School, whose family immigrated to the [...]

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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.