Category Archives: Artists


In the Spotlight with Elisabeth and Kao Lee Thao

On Saturday, April 12 CHAT had the privilege of hosting a wonderful installation facilitated by two unique and amazing Hmong artists. With assistance from Springboard for the Arts and Irrigate, in partnership with the Sunrise Market building, and as one of the many art activities happening along the anticipated Green Line, this project was one of the last installations to be shared.
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In the Spotlight with Tou Yia Xiong

Tou Yia Xiong is an illustrator and designer who recently designed a toy which was featured on ABCs daytime talk show The View during their Best of 2014 New York Toy Fair segment. Tou Yia’s toy design, called Tree Top Adventures, is an elevated four quadrant wooden activity center that includes 6 bead tracks and 6 gliding tracks.
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In the Spotlight with Sonic Rain

Sonic Rain, a long-time local Twin-Cities Hmong music artist has been working on her first single called “The Lost Dance”. It debuted this past February. Since then, people from the community are probably wondering what had sparked her to write her first single. I got the chance to sit down and talk about her inspirations and musical career.

How did you know the music life was for you?
I grew up in a musical family. My Dad was my biggest influence. When I was younger, He would play the guitar. He loved listening and playing Thai & Lao rock. I would say my dad was the reason for my love of music.

How long have you been involved with the Hmong Arts community?
I have been involved ever since I was 13. And I am currently 25 years old. So around 11-12 years now.
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YLG’s Friday Night Lights Open Mic schedule for tonight has been rescheduled!

 YLG’s Friday Night Lights Open Mic schedule for tonight has been rescheduled!

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that we are rescheduling to December 20th.

Stay tuned because our last Friday Night Lights Open Mic of the year is going out with a bang!

Any questions, email us at

CHAT’s YLG Friday Night Lights Open Mics are always hosted at:

CHAT Studio 220
995 University Avenue, Second Floor
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Friday,  December 20, 2013
Doors open/Sign up @ 5:30pm. Performances begin at 6pm sharp.

Bring all your friends and family!

If you are willing to part with $3, please donate and support CHAT and its programs. If you’re willing to part with more than $3, that would be welcomed also.
Suggested $3 donation
(Helps keep programs such as YLG, ASU and the Open Mics going!)

Open Mic Functions:
CHAT YLG Open Mic, it is a “First come, First serve”. Grab the good seats while you can before it’s all filled up! Signing up and performing is also a “First come, First serve”. The Performances will play out accordingly to whomever signs up first. Snacks and refreshments will be available at CHAT’s Snack Shop, located at the same area as Hmoob Land.

Any Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact us via Facebook or email us at For sponsorship information, or to table, contact  For sponsorship information, or to table, contact

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all there, be it familiar faces or fresh new ones!

Signing out, 
CHAT’s 2013 Youth Leadership Group

Art Saves Us ‘Making the Band’ begins July 15th


Art Saves Us Summer/Fall 2013
July 21st to November 1st
Want to create music?
Want to meet other musicians?
Learn how to be a singer/songwriter, play an instrument, and create a band, while gaining valuable knowledge and insight from experienced musicians.
Classes are free for youth and young adults 13-23 years old. Art Saves Us ends with a collaborative public performance
Choose from
Vocals and Songwriting with Cody Lee
Drums and Percussion with Shawn Mouacheupao
Guitar and Bass with Chuefeng Xiong
Turntablism with Scratch Junktion
All ASU classes are free, and are held at CHAT in St. Paul.
Transportation is provided at no cost to low income, East Side and Frogtown youth, 18 years and younger.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to the legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
For more information, contact or 6516036971.
To register, apply below.

Art Saves Us 'Making the Band' 2013

July 15 - October 25
  • Class(es) of Choice

  • Guardian Contact Information (18 years old or younger)

  • Emergency Contact (All ages)

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

  • Transportation is provided for East Side and Frogtown based, low income students, 18 years or younger. A specific central location will be provided for area pick up. Restrictions may apply.

  • Art Saves Us Consent

From Congresswoman Betty McCollum

From Congresswoman Betty McCollum:

I am pleased to announce the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.” The contest is open to all high school students either attending school or residing in the Fourth Congressional District. The winning entry from the Fourth District will be displayed as part of a national exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. The winner will also receive two free airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the exhibit’s opening on Wednesday, June 26, 2013! Runners-up will be displayed in my congressional office in St. Paul.

Entries may be mailed or dropped off at my St. Paul office located on the corner of Western and Selby Avenues at 165 Western Avenue North, Suite 17, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Entries must be received by 5:30 PM on Monday, April 22, 2013. Only one submission per student is allowed.

There will be a reception to honor the artwork of all the students who participate, which will be held on Monday, May 13 at the St. Paul Union Depot. At that time, I will be announcing the winners of the competition and recognizing each participating student.

I hope that you will share this information with high school students in your community. Minnesota is a national arts leader, and I am thrilled to recognize the creativity and talent of our young artists through this contest. As a member of the National Council on the Arts, which is the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, I am privileged to share Minnesota’s leadership, commitment, and excellence in the arts with the nation.

Please feel free to contact Megan Thrasher in my office at or 651-224-9191 for more details. You can also find this information on my website.


Betty McCollum
Member of Congress