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Compass Arts introduces Elements At Home, a S.T.E.A.M based arts education experience designed for these uncertain times.

In the wake of a global pandemic, an international reckoning with race, and a worldwide demand for environmental justice, our children are no strangers to the fear and anxiety we are feeling, and it is imperative that we find ways to nourish their social and emotional health and support them as they become skilled problem solvers, creative innovators, thoughtful risk-takers, empathetic peace-makers, and societal visionaries.

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. Over the summer we saw an enthusiastic response to our Beacon Art Journeys programs and at the same time we realized that area schools will likely be struggling to provide a full-spectrum educational experience this fall. Additionally, we know some parents are wary of fully participating in schools and that those parents, along with dedicated homeschoolers in our area will need to have access to programs that meet some of their children's educational needs in a manner that adapts gracefully to limitations imposed by coronavirus without resorting to online-only programs and their resulting Zoom-fatigue.

Enter Elements At Home, a distance learning experience for children ages 3-6 and their families. In typical Compass Arts style this program offers an integrative learning environment where the lines between disciplines are blurred. With the Elements program your child will access a full spectrum self-directed educational experience in the context of the arts, with plenty of problem-solving and self-reflective themes along the way.

Elements At Home is a team effort - Compass Arts is incredibly pleased to be working with a brilliant team of educators; Romina Robinson (developed Beacon Art Journeys), Patti DeBonis (lead curriculum developer for Elements At Home) and Jessica Shaffer (assistant curriculum developer for Elements At Home).

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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/.




Compass Arts Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 07/05/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 08/30/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 1
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    Compass Arts Women's Choir Gina SamardgeBeacon Rising Online; Vocal Technique, Ear Training and Sight Singing
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Sundays, 8pm-9pm, July 5 to August 30 (every other week)

    This course is geared towards Beacon Rising choir members and others who wish to spend a little focused time enhancing their foundational musical and singing skills during this summer period where we can't easily sing together. Each week students will be taken through an easy physical warm up to engage the full body in the act of singing as well as experience musical concepts like rhythm and dynamics. From there, students will learn exercises for engaging the breath and supporting their tone, as well as a variety of vocal warm ups to address technique and how it impacts timbre and intonation. The last part of the class will focus on western classical notation reading and sight-singing, using a combination of sung and signed solfege and rhythmic counting and syllables. Depending on the number of registrants, there may be a virtual choir video project that will take place over the course of this class.

    • 07/22/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 08/19/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 2
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    Romp and Play Compass ArtsRomp and Play: Creative Music, Theater, and Dance Journeys for 3-6 year-olds
    Taught by Chelsea Acree, Gina Samardge and Jessie Shaffer
    Wednesdays, 9:30am-10:15am, July 1 to July 29

    This 5-week class is a lovely companion to the Beacon Art Journey packs. Each week students will meet online for 45 minutes to explore a story, often thematically connected to the Art Pack of the week, through music, theater games, and creative dance. 5 weeks, 5 stories, 5 action-packed adventures from the comfort of your own home.

    • 08/03/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 09/04/2020
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • various locations in Beacon, NY
    • 22

    Beacon Art Journeys Gina Samardge Compass ArtsBeacon Art Journeys - 2!
    A five-week site specific "summer camp" curriculum
    Guided by the Compass Arts staff
    August 3 to September 4, self-directed pacing

    Due to popular demand we are offering a second round of Beacon Art Journeys! - a five-week site specific "summer camp" curriculum with weekly project materials and audio/visual inspiration brought to you by a magical team of educators.

    Here at Compass Arts we've had to think creatively about how to continue our offerings during the time of coronavirus and Beacon Art Journeys is the result. For a new round of five weeks this summer the Compass Arts team will distribute "Art Packs" that contain materials, directions, and links to audio and/or video content that will allow participants to embark on a guided journey in the local Beacon area. Each participant will have the chance to create their own artwork over the course of what could most closely be described as a creative treasure hunt (hint: the artworks created by the students are the treasure!). Each week's project will take anywhere from one to four hours to complete!

    The provided Art Packs will direct participants out of the house to a Beacon area location where you will find inspiration to make and explore! Projects can be completed on location, or sometimes at home, but always at the student's own pace. While the audio/visual component will be targeted to children in the age range of 3 to 6 years old, the open-ended projects provide accessibility and excitement for all elementary aged children. At the beginning of each week Art Pacs will be available for pickup at a predetermined location.

    Registration includes all five weeks and includes five Art Packs. Below is an overview of each week's plan.

    August 3-7 - Long Dock Park - Painted Driftwood Stories
    Each piece of driftwood tells its own story. Its shape is affected by water, wind and weather, and we can only guess how far and how long it has traveled. For this week, kids will find a piece of driftwood to paint! Painted pieces can be left at Long Dock to create a display, or taken home to become a part of your private garden collection of art.

    August 10-14 - Binnacle/One Nature - Speak for the Trees! a "street art" project
    Inspired by the work of the Lorax, as well as this special location in Beacon where literacy meets nature, kids will learn the definition of the word "advocate." What is something important that you feel you need to advocate for? Creative expression will abound in chalk-paint displays this week!

    August 17-21 - Railroad Track Park at Fishkill Overlook Falls - Machines from the Past, Inventions of the Future!
    Did you know that not long ago, real trains rumbled down these tracks? And that the falls were used to produce electricity!? In this week's project, kids will find materials and guidance to create simple machines and consider...what kind of a machine could be useful today? We can't wait to see what is invented!

    August 24-28 - Wee Woods of Memorial Park - Building with Nature
    Art Packs and instruction this week will relate to working with natural, found materials and exploring the patterns, shapes, and rhythms of the forest.

    August 31-Septmber 4 - Historical Society - Beacon Families
    Our partnership with the Historical Society this week will give kids a peek into Beacon's past! What did kids do 100 years ago in this same place? What are you up to today? Our kit will include all the materials needed to create your own unique family portrait, and submit it to the Historical Society where all work will be bound into a book and archived for future generations!

    • 09/21/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 12/18/2020
    • 9:00 PM (EST)
    • various locations in Beacon, NY
    • 20
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    Elements At Home Compass ArtsElements At Home
    Self directed curriculum with guidance from the Compass Arts team
    September 21 to December 18 (no curriculum the week of 11/23)

    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 a kit 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: material kits, weekly videos, virtual check-ins, written instructions, and book and media resources.

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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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