I am pleased to share information about a local organization I just learned about called COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts) that offers FREE library & community center events in Minnesota for all ages!
Emma, Arts Development and Marketing Assistant for COMPAS, reached out to me to explain the organization and how it benefits the community:
COMPAS is a statewide, non-profit arts organization that sparks students’ imaginations, brings creativity into the lives of older adults, and inspires people to create.
At its core, COMPAS brings art to people. Professional artists work alongside students, teachers, senior citizens, patients and sometimes just passersby to help them discover their own creativity and learn a new skill.
Our artists are skilled in many art forms including visual arts, performing arts, music and writing and we are always looking to add new art forms to our offerings.
COMPAS programs range from in-depth residencies to summer employment to short performances and all include ways for people to participate.
The next event is “What is Jazz? presented by Joan Griffith & Ruth MacKenzie” on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. It’s at the Northtown Library (ACL) – 711 County Rd 10 NE, Blaine, MN 55434
Joan and Ruth use bass, voice, bells and percussion to introduce vocal and instrumental improvisation. They trace the history of jazz through field songs, spirituals, call and response, scat, rap and jam. Help them compose an original blues song.
Visit the COMPAS website for more information and other free upcoming events in the area!