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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.

How to find the CHAT Freedom Fest!

With all the commotion and activity taking place during the 35th Annual Hmong International Freedom Celebration Sports Tournament, you might find it challenging to locate the CHAT Freedom Fest; the 12th Annual Hmong Arts & Music Festival.

Well, here’s some simple directions.  We’re located directly behind Como Pool, north of the sports field, west of Lexington.  The (northern) Como Ave entrance is the best way to get to us.  If you came last year, we’re not in the same spot,; we’re now EAST of that location.

Once you’re in the CHAT Freedom Fest area, you can maneuver around via this map.

See you there and then!


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