COMPAS Teaching Artist Selection Process

COMPAS has been putting creativity into the hands of Minnesotans for almost 50 years. Our professional artists work alongside students, teachers, senior citizens, hospital patients, teens, and just about any other community member to spark their imaginations and infuse their lives with creativity. Please review the website for more information.

COMPAS Teaching Artists connect with community members through performances, workshops, residencies and professional development. Programs take place throughout the state during school hours, after school, during the evening and on weekends. Locations include schools, libraries, older adult living facilities, parks & rec, festivals, youth programs and other community sites.

COMPAS Teaching Artists are paid competitively for workshops, residencies, and performances. Workshop and residency payments are the same across all artists. Performance payments are set by the artist/ensemble. We are most interested in artists who teach art forms or represent cultures or communities that are not on our current roster.

Application and Selection

Once an artist has submitted the required information listed below, the application process consists of an initial round of consideration by COMPAS staff, followed by finalists having a face-to-face interview with our Arts Advisory Committee. If selected, incoming artists then attend a New Artists Workshop, followed by individual training meetings with COMPAS staff, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

While we are open to a wide variety of artistic approaches and backgrounds, we do require the following:

  • Minnesota resident

  • Demonstrated ability as an artist

  • Prior residency or teaching experience (5 years preferred)

  • Hiring is contingent upon completing a Criminal Background Check

In order to represent the communities we engage with, we are especially seeking:

  • Artists who identify as having a disability

  • Artists from communities of color

  • Multi-lingual artists

  • Somali and/or East African artists

  • Indigenous artists

  • Man-identified and non-binary Visual Artists

  • Woman-identified and non-binary Spoken Word artists

  • Man-identified and non-binary Creative Movement artists

Experience Priorities include:

  • Fiction Writers

  • Graffiti/Aerosol Artists

  • Muralists

  • Clay/Pottery Artists

  • Media Artists

  • Mosaic Artists

  • Cultural Performance Groups

  • Sculptors

  • Puppeteers

  • Metal Artists

  • Music Therapists

  • Artists who incorporate STEM

  • Artists with a deep understanding of Universal Design for Learning

  • Artists who have experience in youth work

  • Artists who have experience in justice systems

  • Artists who have experience with English Language Learners

To Apply                      

Please apply through Submittable. If you are unable to do the online application please let us know and we can accept hard copy applications. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019. If invited for an interview it will most likely take place in January or February of 2020.

For questions about applying to become a COMPAS Teaching Artist please e-mail

To learn more about the current members of our Roster, check out the Artist Profiles.

Please review our Program Types page to read about our residency, workshop and performance programs.