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Celebrate 50 years of creativity with COMPAS

With a dynamic and diverse roster of 130+ professional teaching artists, we are celebrated for the breadth of creative experiences we offer, our ability to engage emerging art forms, and the variety of organizations and people we serve across Minnesota.

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Arts education for your community

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We typically work with these types of groups, communities, and individuals, but we are passionate about bringing creative experiences to every community. Don’t see yourself here? Don’t worry. Reach out and we’ll discuss your vision.

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Arts uplift the body, spirit and mind — and the benefits speak for themselves! We’re proud of the positive impact COMPAS has made on communities all over Minnesota.

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say the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in.”


say that “the arts improve healing and the healthcare experience.”


students who are involved in the arts are four times as likely to participate in a math fair.


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.