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CHAT exists to nurture, explores 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 fort heir creative contributions, and empowered to challenge life’s boundaries.

Social Justice Lens
CHAT addresses social injustices through Hmong American artists and youth that express their inner truths through contemporary arts by 1. raising awareness; 2. initiating action and 3. building community.

Reflecting our mission statement, our commitment to a viable arts community and our strong belief in the benefits of arts education, these value statements embody our core principles.

Happy May!


May is rolling in, the weather is getting warmer (hoping it will stay this way) and CHAT has got exciting news to share with you all this week!

First of all, we would like to give a warm welcome and recognition to the newest additions with the board of directors of Center for Hmong Arts and Talent’s:

Evelyn Mouacheupao, Board Chair
Nicollazzi Xiong, Vice Chair
Tieng Hang, Treasurer
Pao Houa Her, Member
Pa Dao Yang, Member
Thao Vang, Member

Coming from various professional and artistic backgrounds, these members have delightfully volunteered their time to fulfill the administrative rolls in keeping provisions at CHAT alive and up to par. If you would like to know more about these individuals, please email

With the new members joining the team, our latest member Martha Campo Thao, has come to the end of her 4-year term. She has officially stepped down from her position as CHAT’s Board Chair this past April. We want to give a big thanks to Martha for all of her efforts and accomplishments during her tenure at CHAT and also taking part in being CHAT’s interim Executive Director. We wish her well and the best of luck!

Next up is the most exciting news of all (*drum roll*)! After 6 months of CHAT being without an executive director, our fellow board of directors would like to announce Albra Fres Thao as our new Executive Director of Center for Hmong Arts and Talents!
For those of you who doesn’t know Fres Thao, he has been a performing artist for the last 15 years and within the last 3 years, have been a part of CHAT’s history as Director of the Youth Programs and the our latest Program Manager. Fres is an advocate for the Arts; believing Art is direct energy from the soul. For more information on Fres Thao, visit and his LinkedIn profile.

Lastly, CHAT would like to give a special thanks to Tsua Xiong and the search committee for all of their hard work this past year. *CHAT Claps* Keep up with the good work!

– Center for Hmong Arts and Talent

CHAT Launch Art and Voter Education Campaign

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.

Art Projects:

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:
Sandy’Ci Moua
CHAT Art and Voter Education Campaign Lead Community Organizer/Campaign Manager
Phone: 651-603-6971
Cell: 651-442-4321

Youth Programs Driver

CHAT is seeking a part-time (10 hours) Youth Programs Driver for the fall and spring sessions of 2012-2013. Responsibilities include:

• Working with the Executive Director in a holistic manner to best serve the youth
• Driving youth to and from classes and rehearsals held at CHAT
• Planning efficient and effective driving routes
• Documenting which and how many students are served per day
• Daily and Weekly upkeep of CHAT’s 16 passenger van
• Other duties as needed for CHAT’s programs and events

This position pays $9 – $11 per hour, depending on experience. The hours of employment are after 3:00pm. This is an ideal position for a college student.

Please email cover letter and resume to by Wednesday, September 26 by 5:00pm for consideration.

CHAT Accepting Application for a Community Organizer

The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) is currently accepting applications for a contracted part-time (25-35 hours) community organizer position. CHAT is seeking bi-lingual, dynamic, hardworking, results-orientated, and experienced organizers to manage and implement CHAT overall civic engagement plan as part of the Minnesota Collaborative voter engagement project.

Responsibilities: Work with the Minnesota Collaborative’s Campaign Manager and team, CHAT’s Executive Director, and other stakeholders to execute CHAT’s engagement plan. This includes:
• Develop, organize, and run community events and activities
• Maintain and data enter information
• Recruit and retain volunteers
• Build and maintain online and offline outreach and engagement mechanisms
• Educate and engage constituents on the issues that are important to them


Successful candidates will be bi-lingual (preferably Hmong) and have 1-2 years of experience in developing and implementing multifaceted constituency engagement efforts that have resulted in measurable impacts, preferably in a state-level advocacy or volunteer service context.

Candidates should also have strong people, written, and verbal communications skills and demonstrate an ability to work well with non-English speaking community members from diverse backgrounds and in a team setting.

Candidates should also demonstrate ability to meet deadlines and have experience implementing plans, tracking progress, and managing volunteers.

Preferred Experience/Skills:

• Language proficiency in Hmong.
• Critical thinking, organizational, strategic planning, and leadership skills.
• Experience managing project goals and databases.
• Experience in implementing grassroots and online campaign strategies to recruit, engage, mobilize, and sustain supporters.
• Familiarity with voter registration, voter education, and getting out the vote.
• Possess a collaborative and collegial orientation and be an open, achievement-oriented professional.
• Ability to maintain multiple priorities and projects with different timelines.
• Ability to plan, prioritize, and problem solve in a rapidly changing environment.
• Be fully proficient with all required business tools (Word, PPT, Excel, Access, and others)
• Is an artist of any disciple or an arts advocate

Additional Information:

• Many evening/weekend meetings and event attendance is required.
• Must have access to reliable transportation and communication

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until the end of business hours on August 8, 2012.