In an effort to preserve traditional Hmong storytelling, the Hmong Museum will begin fundraising for a new production, “Hmong Chronicles,” on Give to the Max Day Nov. 12. Funds raised will match a $20,000 award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through its Knight Arts Challenge.
“At Knight we believe in the importance of communities telling their own stories. The Hmong Chronicles will do this by weaving these narratives together and creating a platform to share them with the great St. Paul community,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.
One of just 40 grantees named a winner of the Knight Arts Challenge, “Hmong Chronicles” will bring together Hmong elders and young Hmong artist collaborators to retell folk, refugee, ghost, and orphan stories for Hmong and non-Hmong audiences, a program expected to be produced summer of 2016
“This is a program that will change the way we preserve folk arts like traditional Hmong storytelling,” says Mai N. Vang, Board Chair of Hmong Museum, “We have a lot of supporters in the community, now we’re asking for them to step-up by donating so that we can make the project happen.”
Hmong Museum kicks off its fundraising with Give to the Max Day. Their slogan “raise 20 to get 20” was recently released on Facebook with a message to motivate their 1,000+ fans to give on Nov. 12. Other fundraisers are being planned including mini-series crowdfunding highlighting elder storytellers. To support Hmong Museum follow this link http://bit.ly/hmgivemn2015.
Hmong Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that envisions a thriving community with a heightened Hmong consciousness. The Hmong Museum exists to recognize and acknowledge the intersections of all things Hmong.
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Hmong Museum Board Chair, Mai N. Vang, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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