Working within CHAT’s Social Justice Lens, CHAT will create art to actively engage young Asian Minnesotans to increase and transform the political knowledge, political consciousness, and self-efficiency while developing their leadership abilities. This work is as part of CHAT’s collaboration with other Asian American serving non-profits through The Minnesota Collaborative.
Background: In the last ten years, the Asian American community grew by 52%, and according to the 2010 Census, youth and young adults (ages 0-34 years old) make up over 66% of the state’s total Asian American population. The Hmong community is the largest Asian American ethnic group in Minnesota, and nearly 80% of this population is 34 years old or younger. In fact, the median age in the Hmong American community is 19 years old. If these projections continue, Asian Americans, and Hmong American youth in particular, will be critical to Minnesota’s future economic, social, cultural, and political life. Unfortunately, while the population of Asian Americans is growing, they are not getting involved in the mainstream civic life at the same rates.
1. CAP IT! is a community-based online photo contest for youth to capture images reflecting issues of concerns and dreams for their future. Each week a theme is announced (through social media) allowing for all Asian Minnesotans to photograph their interpretation of the theme. The top three photographs are selected by our curators with the top photograph receiving an award. The culmination of the photographs is the creation of an interaction electronic exhibition.
Curators and photographers, Pao Houa Her and Jaime Vu, will also host weekly photography classes at CHAT. This is an opportunity for emerging photographers and enthusiasts to learn professional techniques and skills. In addition, leading Minnesota photographers will serve as special guest instructors.
2. Flash Mob – A fun, active and engaging way to incorporate voting through dance, our Flash Mob classes and performances are choreographed by Shawn Vue.
With easy to master dance moves to a song by one of our local bands, the community can learn in person at weekly in-studio practice sessions (Saturdays- starting Sept. 15th from 4:00-7:00pm) and practice by viewing our online practice video.
For more info, contact:
CHAT Art and Voter Education Campaign Lead Community Organizer/Campaign Manager