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COMPASBy COMPAS
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COMPASBy COMPAS
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$2,981
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 1 2014 5:44 PM UTC +00:00

About

Although Minnesota is the home to tens of thousands of adopted persons, the state nevertheless has struggled to offer meaningful services and programming, especially to young adoptees during their most formative years.  Teen and college age adoptees, who according to recent research struggle with issues of identity and the ability to express how they truly feel, do not have resources designed specifically for them, let alone resources that appeal to them.  To address this need, COMPAS, Land of Gazillion Adoptees (LGA), and Kyle Tran Myhre, aka, Guante, have teamed up to develop Creating Home. The Twin Cities pilot and first of its kind program will connect young persons who identify as adoptees with world-class artists.

“A program like this is really promising because adults in the adoptee community have been so influential in helping me come to the place I am in my adoption journey. And art is a fabulous thing, and so I feel like if you put them together it’s bound for greatness." - Grace Newton, student at Macalester College

Creating Home is a multidisciplinary storytelling program for teen and college age adoptees, and is driven by the idea that finding one’s voice through the arts can be an empowering experience.  The three month pilot program will feature world-class teaching artist mentors (like the artists, actors, and writers featured in our video), interactive workshops, performance opportunities, and much more.  It will serve as a space to affirm identity and build community in whatever ways that makes sense to the participants. Whether through spoken-word, visual art, dance, or other forms, the teen and college age adoptee participants will be given tools and resources to tell their stories and talk about their thoughts and perspectives on their own terms.

"It's wonderful what the arts can do to unlock your potential and to give you a feeling of agency and a voice...The feeling that you deserve to be heard and that you can make a difference by telling your story" - Sara Ochs, Actor & Arts Educator

Overview of Creating Home

Creating Home is a three month pilot project, which COMPAS and LGA hope to eventually turn into a state-wide and national program.  Here is an overview:

  • Kickoff: The event will feature a mix of youth performers and locally and nationally recognized artists.  It will give participants the opportunity to see the work of up-and-coming and established artists and also to meet some of the program’s artist mentors.
  • Workshops: Lead by Kyle Tran Myhre, a veteran teaching artist mentor, the workshops will have core faculty/facilitators and guest artists who will work directly with the participants in various mediums. The workshops will be a mix of structured lessons and activities, as well as open space for participants to create.
  • Regular Exhibition Opportunities: Participants will have ample opportunities to showcase their work at open mics, art galleries, and theaters.
  • Online/Magazine Exhibition Opportunities: Gazillion Voices, the online magazine of LGA, will feature participants who are interested in showcasing video and photography.
  • Closing Ceremony: The event will be a final exhibition that will be open to the public.  Participants will show their final works to friends, family, and the Minneapolis/Twin Cities arts community.  
  • Inaugural Creating Home Book: The participants’ creations will be published in an online and print book, with proceeds going back into the program.  

How Will Your Support Be Used

In order to get the program off of the ground, COMPAS and LGA are turning to the adoption, spoken-word, theater, dance, literature, hip-hop, film, and the large arts patron communities, i.e., people who understand the impact that art and storytelling can have on the lives of young people.  We need your help in order to cover:

  • Scholarships: There will be nominal registration fees for Creating Home. However, scholarships will be made available to participants who can use financial assistance.
  • Kickoff/Closing Ceremony: Help to cover general event expenses.
  • Facility Rental: Creating Home will be held in the community; at locations that are easily accessible to young people, and provide interesting and dynamic program spaces.
  • Artist Salaries and Expenses: Funds will compensate Mentor Artists for their time, provide materials for participants, and cover miscellaneous expenses related directly to programs and activities.
  • Equipment: Equipment, such as cameras for filming and photography, lighting equipment and sound supplies will be rented for program activities. 
  • Promo/Marketing/Website: Creating Home will need funding for reaching adoptees through advertising, marketing and outreach. Not only we will be promoting the pilot project, but we will also advertise the kickoff, closing, and showcase events. The Gazillion Voices website, which is a subscription based online magazine, will make all videos, photos, and written work by participants free of charge.
  • Inaugural Creating Home Book:  Funds will cover the costs associated with the print and online versions of the book that will feature the works of the pilot project participants.

About COMPAS, Land of Gazillion Adoptees, and Kyle Tran Myhre

Image from a COMPAS youth program
Image from a COMPAS youth program

COMPAS is a nationally recognized arts organization that brings the arts to community members throughout Minnesota. Based out of St. Paul, MN, COMPAS has been offering services throughout the state for more than 40 years. In 2013, COMPAS served over 35,000 youth in nearly 200 Minnesota schools, libraries, and community sites located in all 8 congressional districts. COMPAS' roster of artists represents over 100 of the most talented and professional artists in Minnesota; featuring many of the states rich artistic, ethnic and cultural traditions. Its Art Education programs include residencies, workshops, multi-cultural performances, and arts-based summer employment programs for youth. COMPAS' nationally recognized Arts in Health Care program collaborates with children’s hospitals and senior care facilities; bringing creativity and inspiration to the lives of patients, families and elders. Through COMPAS, Minnesota's children, youth and adults receive participatory hands-on artistic experiences, right in the communities where they live, work, play and learn.

Image from a LGA event at The Loft Literary Center
Image from a LGA event at The Loft Literary Center

Land of Gazillion Adoptees (LGA) is a multimedia company based out of Minneapolis, MN whose mission is to elevate the voices of adoptees.  LGA collaborates with adoptees (as well as like minded organizations like COMPAS and adoptee allies) to not only own, but also to talk about their experiences and expertise on their terms.  It works with adoptees to create products, services, intellectual capital, and events to increase the impact of adoptee programs, projects, research, art, literature, film, activism, and legislation.  In the past 12 months, LGA: gained national attention by successfully launching Gazillion Voices, the first magazine led by adoptees; published Hank Aaron’s Daughter, The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist, and Lost Daughters; and hosted a successful event with Wing Young Huie’s Third Place Gallery and Poetry for Thought.       

Kyle Tran Myhre, aka, Guante is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist, educator, and writer.  He and/his work has appeared on Upworthy, MSNBC, Racialicious, Feminsting, MPR, the Preogressive, City Pages’ “Artist of the Year” list, and URB Magazine’s “Next 1000” list.  He’s shared bills with Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, Brother Ali, Dead Prez, Sage Francis, Andrea Gibson, Doomtree, Zion I, and more.  Kyle also founded the MN Activist Project and Hip Hop Against Homophobia concert series, writes articles at Opine Season and elsewhere, and facilitates writing/performance workshops for youth.  

Risks and challenges

No doubt about it, Creating Home is a unique, one of a kind opportunity for adoptees to come together and explore new ways to tell their stories…because every story and every person matters. Our biggest risk/challenge is that we lose momentum by endless bureaucratic rounds of applying for traditional funding for Creating Home. In other words, this Kickstarter is very much all or nothing. If we do not reach our goal, Creating Home, with all of its story-telling potential, will not happen. By creating this campaign, we have faith that the adoption, spoken-word, theater, dance, literature, hip-hop, film, and the arts patron communities will come together to support this effort to amplify adoptee voices in new and innovative ways. Adoption touches everyone’s life because it weaves cultures together in interesting ways. The stories that are about to be told will change lives in profound ways – not just for adoptees but for our entire community who will finally begin to awaken to these important narratives. Stories that are largely unheard because a space hasn’t been created to bring these voices together before now. We are counting on you to help us craft the Creating Home pilot project specifically for teen and college age adoptees in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. Because adoptees are spread far and wide, we are counting on you to help us begin the process of turning Creating Home into a state-wide program. And we won’t stop there. With your investment you are also creating a program blueprint that will be shared across the country. This will be storytelling at its finest.

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