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Compass Arts classes, ensembles, events and camps are created for the Beacon and surrounding communities for the purpose of building those communities. Our vision is a big one. As a creativity project, we believe that communities are stronger when problem solving skills are encouraged at every age level and that the best way to build problem solving skills is through creativity. Through creative arts exploration students are given opportunities to think, and to think for themselves--to feel empowered by coming up with a story plot twist or an ending to a play or to discover the joy of being able to improvise over a musical accompaniment. We believe that our best work involves encouraging contribution, whether it is a colorful swipe of a brush, a melody or an idea. The essence of what we hope to do at Compass Arts is this, that those sometimes large and sometimes small contributions allow students to evolve into something the world desperately needs--individuals with vision.

Compass Arts draws from the talents of professionals in a variety of arts fields, Compass Arts continues to grow its offerings, enabling you to find YOUR direction.


As of January 1, 2020 Compass Arts is a nonprofit corporation. Beacon Arts is functioning as fiscal sponsor for Compass Arts while we wait for our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status to be granted. Donations to Compass Arts can be made through Beacon Arts at https://beaconarts.org/donate/.


FALL PROGRAM Registrations AVAILABLE NOW!

We're offering a variety of hybrid in-person/online classes, experiences and joy this fall !

Read our covid-19 policies here




Compass Arts Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 09/22/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 12/15/2020
    • (EST)
    • 25 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0
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    Compass Arts Rompatom EnsembleRompatom Ensemble
    For students in 3rd - 8th grade
    Tuesdays, 4pm-5:30pm, September 22nd to December 8th

    Rompatom ensemble's COVID friendly, mostly in person, at a safe distance, music ensemble. We'll be outside as much as we can and move online when the weather is too poor to be outside. 

    In person classes will focus on ensemble playing and when we are online, the focus will be on ear training, sight singing and note reading, theory, learning vocal and recorder (or other wind instrument) parts. We will also use online classes to learn from other musicians through videos and explore a variety of musical genres and performance groups to inform our own performances and ensemble playing.  

    Depending on the status of COVID-19, there will be some kind of culminating share with families and friends. TBD. Students will be required to follow all COVID safety guidelines as set by Compass Arts. 

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 09/22/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 10/28/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 12 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hannah Lane (back yard), Beacon, NY
    • 5
    Register

    Compass Arts Women's Choir Gina SamardgeBeacon Rising Choir - In Person/Hybrid
    Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm
    September 22/23 through October 27/28

    This is the "sing outside with masks as much as possible and Zoom when it rains" choir class.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 09/23/2020
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    • 12/09/2020
    • (EST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 8
    Register

    Compass Arts Musical StewMusical Stew for little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Wednesdays, 9:00am-9:30am, September 23 to December 9

    Musical Stew Online is a 30 minute music and movement class offered through Zoom. Rooted in music education approaches such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly and Dalcroze, the class provides adults songs, rhymes and activities to help nurture their child's musical development and allow the little ones to begin an integrative musical journey that lets music work its magic-helping children develop cognitively, physically and emotionally.

    • 09/23/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 12/09/2020
    • (EST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY, 12508
    • 1
    Register

    Compass Arts Musical StewMusical Stew for little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Wednesdays, 10:00am-10:45am, September 23 to December 9
    In Person and Distanced at an outdoor location
    If it rains, class will take place on Zoom

    Musical Stew In Person is a 45 minute music and movement class that will be taking place in person in an outside location with families physically distanced and the teacher masked. Rooted in music education approaches such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly and Dalcroze, the class provides adults songs, rhymes and activities to help nurture their child's musical development and allow the little ones to begin an integrative musical journey that lets music work its magic-helping children develop cognitively, physically and emotionally. Please bring a blanket or towel for your own "movement island" to help with distancing and safety. We will be providing an assigned sanitized "instrument pack" for each family to be used in class and stored at our class location. Limited to 6 family pods only! Following COVID recommendations, no contact temperatures will be taken for everyone prior to each class and anyone with a temperature of 100 or higher will not be able to attend class. All adults will be required to be masked but little ones will not be required to do so.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 09/23/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 12/16/2020
    • (EST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY
    • 0
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    Compass Arts Imagination PlayhouseTheater Crafters
    For students in 4th/5th - 8th grade
    Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm, September 23rd through December 16th
    No class Wednesday, November 25th

    This is our hybrid, as much as possible in person at a safe distance, but online when the weather is horrible theater class. We'll be playing improv and theater games that work well under COVID safety guidelines, and work on 2-3 person skit writing and scene work that focuses on acting technique. 

    Online classes will occur when the weather is too poor to be outside and will continue the aspects of in person class that work online, as well as using the online time to explore other aspects of the acting world, from watching relevant videos to exploring other related subjects, such as directing, radio theater and foley sound, and acting/theater/film styles and genres. 

    Depending on the status of COVID-19, there will be some kind of culminating share with families and friends. TBD. Students will be required to follow all COVID safety guidelines as set by Compass Arts.

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 09/24/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 12/17/2020
    • (EST)
    • 12 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 6
    Register

    Cartooning Comics Ed MurrCartooning Online for Students ages 8 and up
    Taught by Ed Murr
    Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm, September 24 to December 17 (no class November 26)

    For both returning and new students! Explore the fundamental process of character creation using shape construction to develop the form of the character, while considering the personality of the character and how it informs the shape. Students will turn these characters into a cartoon drawing with a world created entirely by them. A full character has a world in which they live and students will explore perspective as a tool to build their character's individual world. From there they will introduce these characters into a story of their own creation as they explore the language of comics and sequential storytelling. Perfect for kids interested in comics, cartooning, animation and storytelling.

    Students should log in with paper or a sketch pad and their favorite drawing utensils ready.

    • 09/26/2020
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    • 10/31/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Compass Arts, 12 Hanna Lane (backyard), Beacon, NY, 12508
    • 4
    Register

    Compass Arts Musical StewMusical Stew for little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Saturdays, 10:00am-10:45am, September 26 to October 31
    In Person and Distanced
    If it rains, class will take place on Zoom

    Musical Stew In Person is a 45 minute music and movement class that will be taking place in person in an outside location with families physically distanced and the teacher masked. Rooted in music education approaches such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly and Dalcroze, the class provides adults songs, rhymes and activities to help nurture their child's musical development and allow the little ones to begin an integrative musical journey that lets music work its magic-helping children develop cognitively, physically and emotionally. Please bring a blanket or towel for your own "movement island" to help with distancing and safety. We will be providing an assigned sanitized "instrument pack" for each family to be used in class and stored at our class location. Limited to 6 family pods only!

    View our covid-19 policies here

    • 10/05/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 12/21/2020
    • 9:00 PM (EST)
    • various locations in Beacon, NY
    • 8
    Register

    Elements At Home Compass ArtsElements At Home
    Self directed curriculum with guidance from the Compass Arts team
    October 5 to December 21
    Final share/gallery display Saturday, January 9 (weather/covid permitting)

    In response to the complex and difficult limitations imposed by coronavirus we at Compass Arts Creativity Project have embarked on a project to supplement our community's educational and arts instruction needs in a way that makes learning safe and inspiring in these uncertain times. Enter Elements At Home, a distance learning experience for children ages 3-6 and their families.

    The Elements At Home course offering will give children the chance to dive deep into all of the early childhood developmental learning standards, including: personal & social, language/literacy, math & science, physical development, and creative expression. Through provocations and project-based learning, our very own Compass Arts teaching team has developed a custom made curriculum that is especially designed to empower parents and children to take charge of the learning process in their homes. Elements At Home will provide families with weekly check-ins, written instructions, resources, virtual content, and art packs that will serve as a catalyst to this fall's theme of discovering our identities.

    This fall's curriculum specifically focuses on cultivating the wellness of our children's social and emotional development while inspiring their imaginations and sparking their creativity. Through stories, songs, and art projects we will explore what is at the very core of human identity. Together we will explore who we are as individuals and who we are within the context of our families and our community as we construct, dance, paint, sing, write, act and play together.

    Drawing from the work of world-renowned artists as well as beloved local artists right here in Beacon, each week our staff will provide you with an art pack containing various materials, written instructions, and tools that will be paired with video experiences. Additionally, we hope to host an outdoor community art gallery event at the finale of the series which will showcase the work created over these 12 weeks and provide an opportunity to connect in person, even if from a distance.

    Rate includes: art packs, weekly videos, virtual check-ins, written instructions, and book and media resources. Add on up to 3 additional art packs for additional siblings or pod members. There is also the option to have your Art Packs delivered to your door each week.

    PLEASE NOTE: You will be able to add a sponsored child to your registration AFTER choosing a registration type. If you wish to make a variable contribution to Compass Arts or wish to choose your own amount to sponsor a child please visit our DONATIONS PAGE.

    • 10/05/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 12/14/2020
    • (EST)
    • 11 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 9
    Register

    Rising Artist Compass ArtsThe World Needs Art for students 8 and up
    Taught by Sabrina Williamson
    Mondays, 4:30pm-5:30pm, October 5th to December 14th
    Online with 2 potential Saturday in-person, distanced meet-ups in Beacon (in-person pending COVID numbers)

    In this exciting new course we will use technology and possible real live get togethers to create art and impact our community. Students will learn about community art, social commentary art, graffiti, neo graffiti, and gorilla art. Students will learn about the rich far dating history of these art forms and their impact today, as well as the planning and design that goes into these ways of making the world around us more beautiful and express our feelings.

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As of January 1, 2020 Compass Arts is a nonprofit corporation. Beacon Arts is functioning as fiscal sponsor for Compass Arts while we wait for our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status to be granted. Donations to Compass Arts can be made through Beacon Arts at https://beaconarts.org/donate/.

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