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We have some incredibly adventurous offerings in store this summer!

Our stance on Black Lives Matter

The founder, board of directors, and teaching artists at Compass Arts Creativity Project stand in solidarity with our Black community and those protesting anti-black racism and contesting the police brutality toward Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color (BBIPOC). We condemn the injustices, systemic racism, and the structure of white supremacy upon which our economic, political, and judicial systems have been built and which these systems reproduce.

As teaching artists, our work at Compass Arts Creativity Project is to not only develop the skills needed to explore, grow, and create in the visual and performing arts, but to build empathy, respect, and inclusion within our classes and our community. Through the music and theater ensembles, students understand the importance of deeply listening to one another, whether playing instruments in an ensemble, improvising a scene, or making decisions in the collaborative writing process of a play or a song. Through the art classes, students learn that each person has their own perspective in how they see and interpret a piece of existing art or subject matter for their own art, developing respect for different thought processes, understanding, and empathy. Our intention is to continue our vision in becoming anti-racist educators and dismantlers of systemic racism through diversity, inclusion, equity, and implicit bias training. We are committed to listening and honoring the voices of those who have been marginalized, to reflect on our own practices, and also speak out to dismantle white supremacy in our communities.

We feel it important to recognize that at this point in our organization, our families and teachers are predominately white and we ask them to stand with us as a unified front to accept our whiteness and privilege, educate ourselves about systemic racism, listen to Black voices and other voices of color, and work to abolish the systems that continue to separate and oppress. We would love to share some resources for you as both adults and parents to help you on your own journey.

These two Google Docs contain so much information to get you started:

Anti-racism resources

Scaffolded anti-racist resources

Great websites and resources directly related to children:




Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race

Are your kids too young to talk about race? Nope!

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

    • 06/29/2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/31/2020
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • various locations in Beacon, NY
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    Beacon Art Journeys Gina Samardge Compass ArtsBeacon Art Journeys!
    A five-week site specific "summer camp" curriculum
    Guided by the Compass Arts staff
    June 29 to July 31, self-directed pacing

    Compass Arts presents 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 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.

    June 29-July 3 - 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.

    July 6-10 - 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!

    July 13-17 - 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!

    July 20-24 - 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.

    July 27-31 - 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!

    • 06/30/2020
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    • 07/28/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 7

    Rising Artist Compass ArtsThe Rising Artist, Skill-Based Drawing for students 8 and up
    Taught by Sabrina Williamson
    Tuesdays, 5pm-6pm, June 30 to July 28

    Hone your craft in this classical skill-building course. Whether you are perfecting your existing techniques or learning from the beginning. In this course, you will learn perspective drawing, figure drawing, and classical approaches to line contour, shading and composition. Students will learn how to use tools and utilize techniques to take their work to the next level. Learn the power of the Fibonacci sequence and the magic behind Hyperrealism.

    Sabrina teaches upper elementary, middle and high school students so depending on enrollment and ages, it could be possible to add a second class to accommodate smaller age ranges.

    • 07/01/2020
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    • 07/29/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 7

    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.

    • 07/02/2020
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    • 07/30/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 8

    Compass Arts Musical StewMusical Stew for little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
    Taught by Gina Samardge
    Thursdays, 10:00am-10:30am, July 2 to July 30
    Online Class

    Musical Stew is a 30 minute music and movement class. 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.

    • 07/02/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 07/30/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 9

    Cartooning Comics Ed MurrCartooning Online for Students ages 8 and up
    Taught by Ed Murr
    Thursdays, 11:00am-12:00pm, July 2 to July 30

    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.

    • 07/05/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 08/30/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Compass Arts on Zoom
    • 5

    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.

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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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