ArtsWork – See what St. Paul’s young artists produced!


“I would’ve gone one to college anyway,” said Caleb Gustafson, “but being a part of ArtsWork just has made it easier.” Gustafson, age 18, will attend the University of Wisconsin at River Falls this fall for studies in “conception” art, working with film and creating characters for videos. This summer he worked as a copper fabrication student at COMPAS’s ArtsWork project


July 27, 1-4 p.m. at Western Sculpture Park, 387 Marion Street, St. Paul – The copper fabrication group will host a free make-it and take-it workshop, with participants invited to create a copper sculpture or listen to the beats of a Brazilian drummer as they watch the artists work.

July 29 and 30, 7:30 p.m., 677 Hamline Avenue, St. Paul – The theater group will present their original production, Gather Her Leaves, at Dreamland Arts. The production is based on Shel Silverstein’s poem, “The Giving Tree.” Call 651-645-5506 for ticket information – special opening for people under 21 on July 28.

Through July 29 – Art Exhibit at College of Visual Arts Gallery, 173 Western Avenue N., St. Paul – Contact or 651-292-3259.

Thirty apprentice artists, ages 14 to 21, have worked under professional artists. Roger Cummings is a textile artist, Gita Ghei specializes in copper work, and Zaraawar Mistry works with theater production. Students develop a craft, earn a paycheck, and learn the business of art, working in one of the three artistic disciplines. They work for five hours a day for five weeks.

Janai Holston, an 18-year-old fabric artist, said she learned how to express herself as “a more creative me.” She silk screened bags and t-shirts with empowerment logos. She said it was easier than she expected, but that she learned to show up on time and wants to apply for the program next summer.

ArtsWork partnered this summer with Kulture Klub Collaborative, an arts-based program for youth who have known homelessness.

Betsy Mowry, program manager, said, “COMPAS, a non-profit organization that strengthens people and communities in Minnesota by engaging them in creating art, is wrapping up our tenth successful summer youth employment program, ArtsWork, with an exhibit, workshop, and theater production.”

ArtsWork is funded with proceeds from selling student art work and theater tickets and with sponsorships from Target, Travelers, EcoLab, Creative Integration and Design, Surdna, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.