Call for Local Scholarship Applications

CHAT and Common Field are pleased to announce a local scholarship opportunity for the Hand in Glove conference, September 17 ­ 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.


Application Deadline is August 28, 2015, scholarships announced September 1, 2015. Hand in Glove Conference Scholarships (up to 4 available; valued at $125 each)

Who can apply:​ Any artist who identifies as Hmong who wishes to attend Hand in Glove Conference

What is given:​ Scholarship to attend conference ($125 value)

Recipients will be selected on a competitive basis by a committee composed of CHAT Staff and Board. Applicants will be evaluated based on the questions asked in the statement of purpose in the scholarship application process.

All recipients are required to submit a one­ page report about their experience by October 15, 2015. This report should be at least 500 words long and detail the participant’s experience of the conference, to be published on CHAT’s website. A maximum of one scholarship per individual will be awarded.

TO APPLY Please send Statement of Intent to fres@aboutchat.org by August 28, 2015.

Statement of Intent: ​Please provide a statement (no longer than 750 words) that outlines why you’re interested in attending, your experience or position in the field thus far, and how participating the Hand in Glove conference will aid you as an artist/organizer and benefit your organization and/or community.

More About Hand-in-Glove

Since 2011, Hand-in-Glove has assembled hundreds of arts leaders from across the country to address pressing issues and innovations in arts organizing through panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities. Hand-in-Glove was founded by Threewalls in Chicago and the first convening took place there in 2011. Press Streetorganized the second Hand-in-Glove convening in New Orleans in 2013. And now, as Common Field’s annual convening, Hand-in-Glove will move across the country, adapting to local issues and prompting national conversations. Hand-in-Glove 2016 will be hosted byCannonball in Miami, Florida.

Visit the Hand-in-Glove living archive to learn more about past Hand-in-Glove convenings. Hand-in-Glove 2015 will be live streamed and documentation from the convening will be archived on the new Common Field website after the convening.

More About Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT)

CHAT grew out of Pom Siab Hmoob Theatre (PSHT), the first Hmong theatre company in the world. From 1990 – 1997, PSHT wrote and produced five successful community-based, and three professionally staged theatrical productions. In 1998, PSHT organizers decided to expand their focus beyond theater arts in order to serve more Hmong artists. PSHT changed its name to the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) and expanded its reach into multiple disciplines – making it the first and only multidisciplinary Hmong arts organization in the United States. Since then, CHAT has transformed into a social justice arts organization that engages with the community to better understand and meet the needs of the people most affected by our services. CHAT frequently uses innovative strategies from the community to address social issues affecting the community.

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

CHAT envisions a vibrant community where Hmong American artists are inspired to share their perspectives, valued for their creative contributions, and empowered to challenge life’s boundaries.