Information for Prospective Artists- Seeking Applicants!
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.
While we are open to a wide variety of artistic approaches and backgrounds, we do require the following:
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
Somali and/or East African 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:
Cultural Performance Groups
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
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 Julie@compas.org.
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.