COMPAS is looking for new artists to add to our roster of  professional Teaching Artists 

COMPAS Teaching Artists connect with community members through performances, workshops, residencies, professional development, and more. Programs take place throughout the state during school hours, after school, during the evening and on weekends. Locations include schools, libraries, older adult living communities, parks and rec, youth programs and other community sites.

COMPAS is looking for new artists to add to our roster of professional Teaching Artists

COMPAS Teaching Artists connect with community members through performances, workshops, residencies, professional development, and more. Programs take place throughout the state during school hours, after school, during the evening and on weekends. Locations include schools, libraries, older adult living communities, parks and rec, youth programs and other community sites.

Teaching Artists are paid competitively for workshops and residencies, and performance fees are set by the artist. Hiring artists embedded in indigenous communities and communities of color continues to be a high priority at COMPAS.

In order to best serve our communities' needs we are especially looking for

  • Performance groups (music, dance, theater, etc.)
  • Spoken word artists
  • Fiction Writers
  • Drummers
  • Muralists
  • Clay/Pottery artists
  • Animation artists
  • Graphic Novel/Comic Artist
  • Mosaic artists
  • Poets
  • Artists with experience in integration with STEM
  • Artists who work with individuals with disabilities
  • Artists who work with youth organizations
  • Artists who work with justice systems
  • Artists who work with early learners, grades K-2

Application and Selection

The application includes a cover letter, resume, sample lesson plan, work samples, and work sample descriptions.

Once an artist has submitted the required information, the application process consists of an initial round of consideration by COMPAS program staff, followed by finalists having a face-to-face interview with our Arts Advisory Committee consisting of community partners, artists, students, and COMPAS staff. If selected, incoming artists then attend a New Artist Orientation, followed by individual training meetings with COMPAS staff, as needed.

Timeline

Applications will be open Oct 18 and close Nov 28, 2021

Application initial review Nov 28-Dec 6, 2021 

Application finalist interviews Jan 6 and 7, 2022 (Community Panel will review materials; applicants will offer a 10 minute artist demo)

New artist orientation March 11, 2022

Suggested TA observations April –May, 2022

Desired Qualifications

While we are open to a wide variety of artistic approaches and backgrounds, artists with the following criteria have a higher chance of being interviewed:

  • Minnesota resident
  • Demonstrated dedication to an artistic practice
  • Prior teaching artist experience (ideally 3-5+ years)
  • Ability to fill a gap on the COMPAS roster
  • Demonstrated ability to model, breakdown, explain, and customize projects within their artform

Note: Hiring is contingent upon completing a Criminal Background Check