Attention Teaching Artists
COMPAS is Looking for New Artists
for their Roster of Professional Teaching Artists
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, senior care centers, events, youth programs and other community sites.
Teaching Artists are paid competitively for workshops and residencies, and performance fees are set by artist. COMPAS is most interested in artists who teach art forms or represent cultures or communities that are not on the current COMPAS roster or represent a gender working in an art form that is not represented on their 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 their Arts Advisory Committee. If selected, incoming artists then attend a New Artists Workshop, followed by individual training meetings with COMPAS staff, as needed.
While they are open to a wide variety of artistic approaches and backgrounds, without the following elements your application has little chance of being accepted:
- Minnesota resident
- Demonstrated ability as an artist
- Prior residency or teaching experience
- Hiring is contingent upon completing a Criminal Background Check
In order to represent the communities they engage with, COMPAS is especially seeking artists who represent communities of color, indigenous artists and LGBTQIA communities.
Their priorities include:
- Spoken word
- Music Therapy
- Fiction Writing
- Graffiti/Aerosol Art
- Mural painting
- Technology-games, animation, design
Focus experience areas:
- STEM arts programs
- Individuals with disabilities
- Justice systems
- English Language Learners
Click here to submit your materials. You will be expected to upload:
- A cover letter
- A resume
- Lesson Plan
- Work samples
- Work sample description
**The deadline to apply is January 19th, 2018.**
Interviews will be scheduled for Thursday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
To learn more about the current members of the COMPAS Roster, check out the Artist Profiles.
COMPAS staff is available for consultations to provide input on your application. If you would like to do so, or you have other questions, please contact Betsy Mowry Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org.