Project Paj Ntaub

Project Paj Ntaub is a monthly 3-hour workshop where you will learn one of the two traditional paj ntaub stitches: cross-stitch and applique. You will receive a 30 minute presentation from Suzanne Thao, then work on your project and receive one-on-one support and feedback.

Suzanne Thao is a paj ntaub expert. She has over 50 years of experience in traditional Hmong paj ntaub making and is passionate about sharing this creative process and knowledge with you.

Workshops will focus on the cross-stitch and applique techniques. These sessions will be held monthly from 9 am to 12 pm at Studia H, 1648 Bush Avenue (first floor) in St. Paul, 55106.

Cross-Stitch lessons will be on April 29, June 24, August 26, October 28, and December 30.

Applique lessons will be on May 27, July 29, September 30, and November 25.

To sign up or have questions, email hmongmuseum@gmail.com.

Hmong Tattoo Crew is live!

The Hmong Tattoo Crew’s page is live on Northern Spark! is gearing up for the June 10th Northern Spark 2017 event.

The Team will be interviewing four Hmong tattoo artists and over 30 individuals with Hmong inspired tattoos. A select few will be featured in the Hmong Tattoo Exhibit that will open during Northern Spark! We were testing out lights, cameras, and interview questions with Tou SaiKo Lee (below!).

See the live interview of Tou SaiKo Lee and the Crew from April 9, 2017.
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Watch out for more updates from the CREW!

Past Event: Hmong Chronicles, Poj Laib Laus

Hmong Museum proudly presents our second Hmong Chronicles project, an original performance called “Pob Laib Laus,” created by May Lee-Yang (writer and playwright), Phasoua Vang (actress), Paj Tsab (Pang Chang, elder), Paj Lis Thoj (Pa Lee Thao, elder).

 
POJ LAIB LAUS. Old Gangster Ladies. Bad Girls. Badass Women. However you want to translate it, four Hmong women of different ages combine forces to speak their minds, tell their truths, re-tell unconventional folktales, and make some original comedy. Follow along as May Lee-Yang and Phasoua Vang continue the Hmong oral storytelling tradition by way of wringing stories from the elders and sharing one of their own.

FREE EVENT
Space is limited, please register on Eventbrite to reserve your spot herehttps://goo.gl/N6eEH5.
Donations of $10 are appreciated.

This is the second of four programs in the Hmong Chronicles series that is aimed at reviving oral storytelling in the Hmong community by connecting Hmong elders and contemporary Hmong artists. The stories and performances are shared with the public so as to continue the spirit of storytelling.

Artists:
Paj Tsab (Pang Chang), Paj Lis Thoj (Pa Lee Thao), May Lee-Yang, and Phashoua Vang.

Come join us for this FREE and EPIC event. You will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the performance. The performance is in both Hmong and English. English translation of the folk stories will also be provided.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

This program is made possible in part by:
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Minnesota State Arts Board
Asian Pacific Endowment

Special thanks to:
Chirospot
Soberfish
D & L Liquor
Bonxai Restaurant
East Side Freedom Library
American Swedish Institute
And 800+ individual donors

 

Workshop: tapes and stencils, words and symbols

Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 9 am – noon

Location: Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, 995 University Avenue W, St. Paul, MN 55117

FREE workshop from a Hmong artist all the way from Australia! Hmong Museum and The M (AKA Minnesota Museum of American Art) bring Hmong Australian Artist, Vanghoua Anthony Vue, to share his special techniques in stenciling and painting with the community in three FREE hands-on workshops in March!

Workshop: TAPE ON
Using tape as a fabric, as line, as voice, as presence, as markings along the urban body. Vanghoua Anthony Vue will share his working process in placing Hmong and non-Hmong language systems on urban window installations and expanded drawings using industrial tape.

CREATE – COMMUNITY – HISTORY – LEARNING – EXCHANGE
The workshops are free, in Hmong and English, and there will be snacks. Please register with Johnnay Leenay via email at jleenay@mmaa.org by Monday, March 13, 2017.

Hmong Museum partners on the Hmong Tattoo Exhibition Opens June 10, 2017 at Northern Spark

NORTHERN SPARK AWARDS $6,000 GRANT TO ARTISTS, TOU SAIKO LEE

tousaikosizeTou Saiko Lee is amongst the few local artists who were chosen through a competitive grant to create an immersive exhibition, Hmong Tattoo Exhibit, that opens on June 10, 2017 during the Northern Spark, an all-night arts event put on by Northern Lights.mn. His artist collaborative, the Hmong Tattoo Crew, will work in the next few months to pull together this exhibition. It explores the Hmong diaspora, Hmong designs and motifs, and climate change through tattoo culture.

“These unlikely elements of tattoo, textile, and climate change are intersections of modern Hmong diaspora identity. The Hmong motifs are drawn from textile symbols and those were inspired by the agricultural lifestyle of the Hmong. For Hmong who have grown up in western societies where there might not be a connection to farming and gardening, their fascination with Hmong symbols are that strong bond that continues that relationship crossing time and space,” says Mai Nhia Vang, founder of the Hmong Museum, a partner in the tattoo exhibition. “Tattoo is a physical expression of their Hmong identities.”

Hmong Museum is a partner with the Hmong Tattoo Crew to coordinate and develop the exhibition. Melissa Vang, photographer and team member, will begin photographing and profiling tattoo artists and tattoo recipients for the show. The images will be printed onto 8-foot tall cloth panels and transport visitors through the journey of these individuals. The team has announced a call for Hmong tattoo artists and individuals with Hmong cultural inspired tattoos. Along with the exhibition the Hmong Tattoo Crew will host artists’ talk throughout the evening, give glow-in-the-dark Hmong motif temporary tattoos, and a live body painting demonstration.

To submit your tattoo and story visit hmongtattoo.wordpress.com or share your own stories on social media #mytattoostory.

Hmong Museum is a new start-up 501(c)3 cultural organization in the Twin Cities established in 2013. It began as a passion project to bring Hmong history to life and preserve all things Hmong. As a museum without walls, the organization focuses on bringing rich cultural programming to community spaces.

Workshop: Hmong images, Hmong voices, Hmong stories.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, 995 University Avenue W, St. Paul, MN 55117

FREE workshop from a Hmong artist all the way from Australia! Hmong Museum and The M (AKA Minnesota Museum of American Art) bring Hmong Australian Artist, Vanghoua Anthony Vue, to share his special techniques in stenciling and painting with the community in three FREE hands-on workshops in March!

Workshop: STENCIL IT
Reversing batik, recombining languages, and redoing traditions. Vanghoua Anthony Vue shares is artistic process in using a Hmong and non-Hmong language systems, abstracted concepts of batik, and symbols in urban instllations using street art techniques.

CREATE – COMMUNITY – HISTORY – LEARNING – EXCHANGE
The workshops are free, in Hmong and English, and there will be snacks. Please register with Johnnay Leenay via email at jleenay@mmaa.org by Monday, March 13, 2017.

Supporting Hmong Museum

Letter from the Chair:

Dearest Family and Friends,

Inspired by a handwritten manuscript of a children’s book that was carefully preserved in a temperature and relative humidity controlled cavern, I began a journey 12 or so years ago. That was to create a Hmong Museum so that I may in this lifetime be able to hold a real object of a history that my parents experienced as refugees of war. Little did I know that it would take so much skill, patience, maneuvering, late nights like tonight as I write this letter, and so much more to move inches to see it happen.

As I’ve told my closest friends and earliest supporters that their mere words would give me enough energy to go on for weeks and months. But alas energy isn’t enough to get us going. So with great efforts by the board of Hmong Museum, who have stuck it out for the last four years, we wrote grant after grant. Of course this was after we received nonprofit status, which was itself a hurdle and great accomplishment for us. Gratefully, we received our first grant ever through the Knight Arts Challenge for $20,000. WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT! We are ecstatic. Then for the same project we received a grant from the Asian Pacific Endowment grant and the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Folk and Tradition grant. We’re riding a very happy wave here.

But we need another $12,000 to match the Knight Foundation’s challenge, plus few more thousand to rent an office.

And so this long email letter is to ask each of my friends, colleagues, family, and acquaintances to help me reach Hmong Museum’s fundraising goals. On November 12, 2015, today, Hmong Museum participates in Give to the Max through GiveMN. Give what you can today. Sign up to receive updates, share this with your friends. We are building something here and you’re going to be part of it.

Donate here http://bit.ly/hmgivemn2015.

Read a short article about Hmong Chronicles, our storytelling project, here. http://hmongmuseummn.org/2015/07/22/hmong-museum-hmong-chronicles/

Like our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/hmongmuseum

Sign-up to receive emails https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10z3JfW32rBYSxHuQVrCKaeXGnL8ffHN–79ArUTZYQI/viewform

Ok, enough with the links. There’s so much I want to share and this one annual email doesn’t do it justice. I plan to give more frequent updates as we progress this year, especially this year. Do donate, if you can’t, I totally understand. Simply sharing helps too!

Thank you for sticking with me through this email letter and for supporting me all along.

Yours, Mai N. Vang

Hmong Museum Begins Fundraising for Hmong Storytelling Project Through Give To The Max Day

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.

Hmong Museum awarded $20,000 from Knight Foundation. From left: Victoria Rogers (KF VP/Art), July Vang (HM Board), Mai Vang (HM Founder and Chair), Kathy Mouacheupao (HM VP), and Bahia Ramos (KF Arts Program Director) at the award Ceremony. Learn more about our project and award at http://goo.gl/OB5fhf
Hmong Museum awarded $20,000 from Knight Foundation. From left: Victoria Rogers (KF VP/Art), July Vang (HM Board), Mai Vang (HM Founder and Chair), Kathy Mouacheupao (HM VP), and Bahia Ramos (KF Arts Program Director) at the award Ceremony. Learn more about our project and award at http://goo.gl/OB5fhf

“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.

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

Contact:

Hmong Museum Board Chair, Mai N. Vang, hmongmuseum@gmail.com.

Visit  hmongmuseumMN.org.

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