Frank Sentwali Gardner

Principal Teaching Artist • He/Him/His

Saint Paul, MN native Frank Sentwali Gardner, or “Sentwali” as he is known in the artist community, has been a fixture on the Twin Cities Hip Hop and Spoken Word scene for over 35 years. He is co-founder of the acclaimed Spoken Word troupe EduPoetic Enterbrainment and owner of BMF Enterbrainment LLC. Sentwali has been facilitating workshops and residencies since 1999 and has been a COMPAS roster teaching artist for 20 years. In addition, he’s been a concert promoter and show producer creating some of the biggest Spoken Word feature shows the Twin Cities has ever seen. He’s served on the Board of Directors of non-profits such as MNSWA (MN Spoken Word Association) and S.A.S.E Sentwali presently spends his time being a father, basketball coach, Spoken Word performance artist and award-winning arts educator.

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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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