Power imaginations, learning and life with the arts. Support our nationally-recognized arts education programs!
Each year COMPAS engages approximately 48,000 students, teens, hospital patients and older adults across Minnesota in creating art. People find a new way to express themselves; deepen learning by making connections between many topics; discover enhanced collaboration and a sense of community; develop creativity and intelligence; engage in critical thinking through the creative process; and more.
Your donation keeps COMPAS:
• Engaging people in the arts with our roster of vetted, professional artists who ensure youth and older adults experience art, understand art, create art, and connect art to other learning and other parts of their lives.
• Going into communities to bring art making to students in schools, teens in the community, young patients in hospitals, and older adults living in care centers.
• Enabling people to engage in musical, visual, performance and literary arts. With over 100 artists and ensembles from more than 40 cultures and ethnic backgrounds, our programs include African drumming, poetry, sculpture, spoken word, Caribbean music, mosaics, water color, Chinese shadow puppetry, Indian storytelling, claymation (yes, really), jazz improvisation, song writing, theater, eco-arts, hip hop, copper art, and more.
• Integrating Minnesota state academic standards for many core subject areas into the arts programs we bring to schools. We also engage teachers to teach them how to integrate the arts into lessons.
• Providing therapeutic arts programs in hospitals. Our programs help with the healing process and bring a welcome distraction to patients and family members through art making at patients’ bedsides, in small support groups and in larger drop-in areas.
Did you know…
In 2011, The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities named COMPAS as an exemplary organization in its report, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools.
In July 2012, COMPAS’ partnership with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota received the top international award for “Use of Art in the Patient Environment.” The honor was awarded to Children’s Arts & Healing and Urban Renewal project by the International Academy of Design and Health.