COMPAS is looking for new Minnesota artists to add to our roster of professional Teaching Artists! Our priorities are listed on the complete posting.

Artists must submit materials for consideration. These include:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • References
  • A Lesson plan (in the indicated format)
  • Work Samples and work sample descriptions

COMPAS has been putting creativity into the hands of Minnesotans for almost 50 years. Our professional artists work alongside students, teachers, senior citizens, hospital patients, teens, and just about any other community member to spark their imaginations and infuse their lives with creativity. Please see our website for more information: 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 programs, evenings, and weekends. Locations include schools, libraries, older adult communities, parks, youth drop in centers, and other community sites. 

COMPAS Teaching Artists are paid competitively for workshops, residencies, and performances. Workshop and residency payments are the same across all artists. Performance payments are set by the artist/ensemble. We are most interested in artists who teach art forms or represent cultures or communities that are not on our current roster. You may review our existing roster of artists here:

In order to represent the communities we engage with, we are especially seeking:

  • Artists who identify as having a disability
  • Artists from communities of color
  • Multi-lingual artists
  • Somali and/or East African artists
  • Indigenous artists 
  • Man-identified and non-binary visual and creative movement artists
  • Woman-identified and non-binary spoken word artists

Experience Priorities include:

  • Fiction Writers 
  • Graffiti/Aerosol Artists 
  • Muralists 
  • Clay/Pottery Artists 
  • Media Artists 
  • Mosaic Artists
  • Cultural Performance Groups
  • Sculptors
  • Puppeteers 
  • Metal Artists
  • Music Therapists 
  • Artists who incorporate STEM
  • Artists with a deep understanding of Universal Design for Learning
  • Artists who have experience in youth work 
  • Artists who have experience in justice systems 
  • Artists who have experience with English Language Learners

Applicants must be residents of Minnesota working as professional artists in their discipline and 5 years of teaching artist experience is preferred. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2019. If invited for an interview, it will most likely take place in January or February of 2020.