Students may fill out the application online below or download and print the application:


Art Saves Us

  • Course Description

    The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent's Art Saves Us program provides free arts classes and transportation for youth ages 10 and up. This spring, CHAT will be offering guitar and piano lessons taught by Panghoua Thao, Yody Lor, and Peterson Xiong.

    Sessions begin Tuesday at 4pm - 6pm, February 17 and goes until June 2. By joining ASU, students agree to:

    - Commit your time on Tuesdays from 4-6pm starting February 17 to June 2, 2015.

    - Be punctual and active in sessions

    - Be punctual and present at the designated locations for pick up/drop off

  • Instrument Preference

    Please complete the following form if you are requesting to be picked up/dropped off by the CHAT van. Students can only be picked up/dropped off at their home. A trusted adult may pick up the student at CHAT, however, CHAT is not responsible for the student after he/she leaves CHAT grounds. Please keep in mind that the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent can ONLY pick up/drop off students who live in Saint Paul. If you live in another area, you have a few other options for transportation. You will have to provide your own ride to and from the CHAT center. You are more than welcome to carpool with your friends if they are also in the program. If you have friends who are also joining the program and whom live in St. Paul, you can request to be picked up/dropped off by the CHAT van at their location. Please note that you will still have to find your own transportation home.
  • Guardian Contact Information (18 years old or younger)

  • *Only fill out if it's different than the student's address
  • Emergency Contact (All ages)

  • Special Health/Safety Concerns (e.g., Allergies)

  • Student Questionnaire

    Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability. Your responses will help the staff learn more about you. Art Saves Us is a program designed for those who are willing to make a focused and self - motivated commitment.
  • Art Saves Us Consent

    By signing below, you agree that you have read and understood the program purpose and commitment, and provided accurate and true information. With this agreement you also give permission for CHAT staff to drive your child in the designated CHAT vehicle (with correct transportation information) to and from the designated pick up/drop off locations. You will also give permission to CHAT to take pictures or record short video segments as promotional material to share on social media sites or fliers. CHAT will never use the photos and videos as any form of disgrace, blackmail, or embarrassment to its students, instructors, and program.

Little Mekong Artist Happy Hour!


Pop-up shops from
Fearless Cosmetics
Henna Ink by Xee Reiter
The Romantic Bohemian
RedGreen Rivers
Red Umbrella Shop

Live demos by:
Sandy Xiong Mua of Fearless Costemtics
Henna Ink by Xeereiterink

Live fashion exhibit by Designer M Heurh and past Fresh Traditions Fashion Show required pieces.

Music jam session by Still Hot.
Co-hosted by Fresh Traditions Fashion Show and Center For Hmong Arts & Talent

Lao Thai Family Restaurant, 501 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103

FREE Event!
Artist Mixer and Live performances
Exclusive Lao Thai Street Food & Drinks
Door Prizes from Tin Whiskers Brewery

**Come meet the artists and get personal with them and also hear live samples from their latest released projects!

What is this Artist Happy Hour? At Little Mekong, we want to learn what makes a business district Artist-friendly and what it takes to get to your Artistic/creative next level. We’re hosting a limited series of these events. So come, hang out and be inspired!

A 3 part series! Saturday nights on
Dec 13, 2014 – Music Edition
Jan 10, 2015 – Makers’ Edition
Feb 21, 2015 – Painters & Poets!

Brought to you by Little Mekong ArtWave, an arts & culture initiative by Asian Economic Development Association, and is supported by Springboard for the Arts.

Marketing Coordinator Job Posting

Marketing Coordinator Job Posting

Program Department: Fresh Traditions

Job Location: St. Paul, MN

Job Title: Marketing Coordinator

Fresh Traditions is looking to hire a Marketing Coordinator to join the planning committee in developing and implementing marketing strategies for Fresh Traditions 9. This person would be responsible for all marketing planning and initiatives. The ideal candidate should be professional, reliable, good communicator and a team player and have a background in Marketing and Communications.

● Strong written and oral communication skills
● Positive attitude and willingness to work in a committee-run program
● Ability to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously
● Experience managing social media tools such as, but not limited to, You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, blogs, Google +, ect.
● A commitment to fashion, design and/or the arts

Job Responsibilities:
● Develop and manage marketing strategies*
● Identify target audiences
● Determine scope of marketing exposure and set goals
● Implement marketing campaign(s) *
● Recruit and manage Street Marketing & E-Marketing Team
● Create and manage time line/deadlines of your tasks
● Other duties as assigned*

A stipend is available for this position.

For additional information please contact Sai Chang at

To apply please fill out the Application Form below

Graphic Designer Job Posting

Graphic Designer Job Posting

Program Department: Fresh Traditions

Job Location: St. Paul, MN

Job Title: Graphic Designer

Fresh Traditions is looking to hire a Graphic Designer to work with the planning committee in designing the following items for the Fresh Traditions 9 marketing material(s) to be used for all marketing purposes (physical print and web ready), and the official FT9 lookbook/zine. The ideal candidate should be professional, reliable, good communicator and a team player.


  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Positive attitude and willingness to work in a committee-run program
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Knowledge of design for print, PDF generation & settings, separations and computer to plate printing.
  • Ability to be self motivated and organized
  • A commitment to fashion, design and/or the arts

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with FT committee to ensure a transparent and communicative process that includes gathering price quotes, necessary resources, and developing an accurate and reasonable calendar
  • Design main flyer (for marketing purposes)
  • Work with CHAT, FT and other businesses’ logos
  • Create one 11×17 poster, one 5×7 postcard, one 4×6 postcard, one Facebook banner size ad, and one appropriate size for the FT9 look book cover
  • Design lookbook (front to back)
  • Work closely with FT9 committee members to conceptualize and create the layout for an 8+ page lookbook, including the front and back cover, formatted to be printed
  • Provide CHAT electronic drafts, and ultimately an electronic copy of the completed lookbook
  • Allow CHAT to be the primary decision-maker for the project;
  • Provide files as we request them in a timely manner (for review);
  • Allow us to review work, offer feedback, and issue approvals;
  • Adhere to project schedules
  • Other duties as assigned

A stipend is available for this position.

For additional information please contact Sai Chang at

To apply please fill out the Application Form below

Calling all Hmong Fashion Designers and Aspiring Designers!


Calling all Hmong fashion designers (and aspiring designers), Fresh Traditions wants to feature YOUR collection in 2015! Applications are now available! Application due date: January 16, 2015. Good Luck!

Click the links below
Fresh Traditions Designer Guidelines
Fresh Traditions Designer Application

CHAT CRASH COURSE: Playwriting with May Lee-Yang

CCC Playwriting w May Lee Yang


PLAYWRITING with May Lee-Yang

Monday, December 22nd, 4:30-7:30pm

Center for Hmong Arts & Talent in partnership with Intermedia Arts
is offering a great and FREE opportunity for artists of ALL AGES!

No experience necessary!

Work closely with local poet, and award-winning playwright
May Lee-Yang to learn the basic fundamentals of writing plays!
Using writing exercises, inspiration from other artists, and improv,
you and May Lee-Yang will create short plays that you will get to
share aloud.

CHAT Crash Courses take place at
Center for Hmong Arts & Talent
995 University Avenue, Studio 220, St. Paul, Minnesota

Advanced registration preferred.
To enroll or for more information, or 6516036971

BIO: May Lee-Yang is an award-winning playwright and performance artist. She is most well-known for her play, Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman, which has been toured nationally and was translated into a Hmong-language production. She often teaches theater and creative writing through COMPAS, Mu Performing Arts, the St. Paul Public Library, and Letters to Our Grandchildren, a theater project with Hmong elders.

CHAT’s Youth Leadership Group presents Second Generation Blues



CHAT’s Youth Leadership Group has been hard at work for the past 5 months to bring you their 6th original theater production!

In partnership with Mu Performing Arts, and generously backed by theMetropolitan Regional Arts Council and the Marbrook Foundation, CHAT’s YLG presents Second Generation Blues, an original play written and performed by YLG. Directed by Sara Ochs, with Music Direction by Shu Lorof The Kong & Shu Project.

Synopsis: Kaj Siab and her childhood friends realize that although they are years apart from their parent’s generation, their American values and experiences are more similar to their Hmong roots than they thought.

This is their story pursuit of happiness in the land of opportunity and freedom.

Second Generation Blues debuts December 18 at The Wellstone Center/Neighborhood House and runs through December 21.

Tickets are limited and available at the box office, first come, first serve. For group rates of 6 or more, contact or 6516036971.


Thursday, Dec. 18 – 7pm
Friday, Dec. 19 – 7pm
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 6pm
Sunday, Dec. 21 – 2pm