SOURCE: Drake Bank

March 03, 2006 09:21 ET

Drake Bank and COMPAS Sponsor "Celebrating Young Artists"

St. Paul Public Schools' Students Urged to Submit Art Work for Awards and Exhibition

ST. PAUL, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 3, 2006 -- Drake Bank and COMPAS, Community Programs in the Arts, today announced their sponsorship of "Celebrating Young Artists," a program designed to recognize outstanding young artists in grades kindergarten through 12 in the St. Paul Public Schools. Students are urged to submit one of their very best two-dimensional artworks by April 3, 2006, to Drake Bank, "Celebrating Young Artists," 6 West Fifth St., Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55102.

COMPAS Development Director Lynne Beck, said, "We're pleased to partner with an organization that truly believes in 'doing well by doing good,' in recognizing and supporting the extraordinary talents of our young artists-in-training in the St. Paul Public Schools."

J. Scott Hutton, president, Drake Bank, added, "The Drake Bank team is extremely enthusiastic about this opportunity to jointly support the arts in St. Paul. We're also looking forward to having the winning art on display at our downtown St. Paul branch. We can think of no better way to brighten our surroundings and energize interest in the arts than by encouraging artistic development in young people."

Juried exhibition to be a part of April 21, 22, 23 Downtown St. Paul "Art Crawl"

The students' artworks, which will be judged by COMPAS artists and members of the community, will be eligible to win savings bonds and other prizes. One of the works will be named "Best of Show." Winning works will be on display at the Downtown St. Paul Drake Bank branch at Fifth and Wabasha Streets starting April 21, and will be part of the Downtown St. Paul "Art Crawl," April 21-23. The award-winners and their works will be recognized at a grand opening celebration at the bank branch.

To be eligible for the "Celebrating Young Artists" exhibition and awards, works must be mounted on foam core, mat board, tag board, etc., and wrapped. The work must be labeled on the front with the student's name, grade and school. The artworks will be returned to the schools at the end of the exhibition.

About COMPAS

COMPAS strengthens individuals and communities in Minnesota by engaging them in creating art. Formed in 1974, COMPAS is Minnesota's most widely used resource for artist residencies and community building through the arts, each year engaging over 400,000 people in the arts in more than 100 Minnesota communities. For nearly three decades COMPAS has demonstrated artistic leadership through its arts education programs. In 1998, COMPAS merged with United Arts. For more information about COMPAS go to www.compas.org.

About Drake Bank

Drake Bank opened for business on May 1, 2002 as the first new chartered bank in the city of St. Paul in 40 years. Founded on a base of strong customer service and experienced bankers, Drake has since become one of the top 300 banks in the state. Its headquarters is located at 60 East Plato Boulevard in the renovated Drake Marble and Tile Company building -- the source of much of the marble and granite used in landmark St. Paul homes and buildings. Its branch office is situated in the historic St. Paul Building at Fifth and Wabasha in downtown St. Paul. For more information, visit www.drake-bank.com.

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