Compass Arts Creativity Project's mission is to create healthy, just, equitable, and resilient communities through arts based classes, performances, and events rooted in exploration, collaboration, creation, and play. Donated funds assist us in fulfilling that mission by supplementing our class fees. This allows us to:
Advocate for the Arts. We believe in the power of the arts to connect, inspire, empower, and heal individuals and communities and we're raising money so we can bring these powerful, creative tools to more people in our community.
Create and Sustain Jobs. We believe that our teaching artists and the administrative staff are valuable and that their skills and talents deserve to be compensated fairly and to reflect the immense value that they bring to the community.
Make the Arts Equitable. We believe that everyone deserves to experience the power of the arts in their lives, not just if they can afford it. We continue to work to provide more experiences, activities, and resources in and to the community so they may benefit from all the arts have to offer and we continue to keep our general class pricing affordable and offer sliding scale pricing options to encourage as many people as possible in our community to participate.
Inspire Cultural Change. We believe that the process of arts making and of creative expression provide tools and skills that can be applied to real world situations. That problem solving is enhanced through the critical thinking and communication skills learned in collaborative arts making experiences, and the process of sharing ourselves and our stories through a variety of mediums builds the compassion and empathy needed for deep, cultural change. The arts make our world a better place!
Offer Free Programming. In 2021 we brought free arts activities, performances, and experiences to over 600 people in our community through a variety of mediums including:
- Our Saturday Series of sliding scale and free online workshops from January through March 2021
- Free poetry collage kits distributed to libraries in Beacon, Cold Spring, Garrison, and Newburgh
- A monthly free arts activity table at the Beacon Farmers Market
- Our Interconnected Summer Series of 4 free interactive art making and performance events
- Free arts activities for I Am Beacon's Back to School Bash and Spirit of Beacon Day
- A special Beacon Rising choir video made and shared with the community online and through Dutchess County's Women's History Month Celebration online