CHAT selected to participate in Bush Foundation’s Community Creativity Cohort!


Center for Hmong Arts & Talent
Fres Thao

Dominick Washington

Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT) has been Selected to Participate in Bush Foundation’s Community Creativity Cohort.

CHAT receives $100,000 grant and will work with Bush Foundation to advance its effort to meaningfully engage people in the arts and integrate the arts into public life.

CHAT is one of 16 organizations from across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota selected to participate in the Bush Foundation’s Community Creativity Cohort. The Cohort is a one-time program designed by the Foundation to both recognize and learn from exemplary organizations that meaningfully engage people in the arts and integrate the arts into public life.

The organizations selected to participate in the Cohort will each receive an unrestricted grant of $100,000. In addition, the Cohort will work with the Bush Foundation over the next six months to articulate the challenges and opportunities associated with their work, particularly around efforts to engage the community, build and support leadership, and advance racial and economic equity. The insights from this effort will help inform the Foundation’s future work in the arts.

“CHAT exists to nurture, explore and illuminate the Hmong American experience through artistic expressions.”

The Community Creativity Cohort will meet twice over the next six months. Each meeting will feature guest presenters who will inspire and inform the Cohort on issues related to community engagement, leadership development and equity. The organizations that participate in the Cohort will also share lessons learned from their experience working on these issues in their own communities. The Foundation worked with Laura Zabel, Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts and a 2014 Bush Fellow, to design the Cohort experience.

“The arts can inspire communities to think bigger and differently about how to address tough challenges. But organizations that work in the arts wrestle with tough challenges of their own,” said Bush Foundation Strategy and Learning Vice President Allison Barmann. “The Community Creativity Cohort will help us better understand both the challenges and opportunities these organizations face. This knowledge will strengthen our ability to support efforts to engage people in the arts and integrate the arts into public life.”

About the Bush Foundation
The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. We encourage individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area. Since it was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Foundation has invested nearly one billion dollars in grants to thousands of organizations and individuals.

Fresh Traditions Model Casting Call!

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Fresh Traditions is seeking models  to walk our runway this Fall for our 9th annual fashion show.

Date: April 11th, 2015

Location: Center for Hmong Arts and Talent
995 University Ave. Ste 220
St. Paul, MN 55104

Time: 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

  • Must be of Asian descent
  • Any size
  • No runway experience necessary
  • Must be willing to travel to the Twin Cities

Please bring a pair of heels, light make up, and dress in form fitting attire

For more information, email

Pi Day at CHAT! Saturday, March 14

Join us for an Open House and Cabaret this Saturday, March 14 at CHAT! The Pi Day Cabaret!

Brought to you by Dangerous Productions and the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT).

Pi Day is a one-day-only extravaganza. We’ll spend the day creating cabaret acts no longer than 3:14 with dancers, writers, actors, musicians, performers, poets — all are welcome! Then we’ll share what we created with the public!

Here’s how it works:

Noon – Performers meet at CHAT. We’ll play some warm up games, get to know each other, and then begin group brainstorms to begin working on the acts!

Over the course of the day we’ll create the acts, set the show order and work out tech needs.

Then we’ll share and perform at 8pm.

It will be an amazing, crazy show and there WILL. BE. PIE!

All acts will be family-friendly. EVERYONE is welcome!

$10 suggested donation (goes towards the renovation of CHAT’s Studio 220)

No one will be turned away!

If you want to PERFORM in the show, email, otherwise, meet us at noon!