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Jerome Emerging Artists Fellowship Information Session

Jerome Emerging Artists Fellowship Information Session
And Artist Talk
Grab a bite to eat and join Fellowship Director Kerry Morgan, Fellowship Coordinator Nathan Lewis, and two past fellows Pao Her and Sieng Lee for a discussion about the Jerome Emerging Artists fellowships.
This competitive fellowship provides $12,000 awards to five recipients annually. In addition, the fellows have the opportunity to meet with visiting critics over the course of the fellowship year, to have their work featured in a group exhibition in the MCAD Gallery, to have an essay written about their work that appears in the exhibition catalog, and to participate in a public panel discussion.
This discussion will highlight the foundation and program while offering application best practices. Artists Pao Her, 2013/14 fellow, and Sieng Lee, 2014/15 fellow, will discuss their work and experience as Jerome fellows. Finally we will open the floor up for questions.
WHEN? Monday, April 18, 2016, 6:30-9PM
WHERE? CHAT Studio 220, 995 University Avenue, 2nd Floor (directly above Destiny Cafe), Saint Paul, MN 55104
RSVP’s recommended, however not required.
For more information about the fellowship, visit
Delicious food provided by Cafe BonXai.

From Fres Thao, Executive Director

Hello and Nyob Zoo!

During the past six years, my tenure as Youth Programs Director, Program Director, and Executive Director at the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT) has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and creativity.  I love CHAT and am profoundly proud of what the organization has been, is, and will continue growing to be.  I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to guide the organization, and grow along with the community of artists, youth and leaders who selflessly carry on CHAT’s mission of nurturing, exploring and illuminating the Hmong American experience through artistic expressions.  

That being said, it is with great sadness that I resign from my role at CHAT where I’ve been blessed to work alongside the most amazing and supportive team I’ve ever known.  I leave CHAT with much optimism and confidence in the hands of this excellent team and outstanding community of artists, youth and leaders.

From the Hmong Arts & Music Festival to the Fresh Traditions Fashion Show to every amazing event and program CHAT has offered or been a part of, I’ve been so fortunate to witness and experience firsthand the wonders of bringing community together through the arts.  With my ever evolving understanding of how crucial the arts is to our individual and collective growth, I’ve learned that creativity and innovation are directly connected to being an effective and empathetic leader, activist, and organizer.  I’ve learned that it’s important for us to utilize, and make art accessible as a means of education, expression, empowerment, documentation, truth-telling, and healing in order to progress and thrive.

Having been an artist, arts administrator and arts advocate for most of my life, I’ve been in dire need of time to reflect on my accomplishments and challenges, reinvigorate my purpose, re-energize, and reconnect with my roots in order to continue growing, creating meaningful art, and effectively supporting the community.  I’ve decided to spend the next few years traveling and exploring the world, creatively writing, and connecting with my roots.  This is both terrifying and exciting in equal measure, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow, and see where the wind takes you.

I’m proud to have been part of such an amazing team and community, and I wish CHAT only the finest in future endeavours.  CHAT has helped me develop and flourish as an artist, leader and activist, and I firmly believe if its ripples hasn’t inspired and affected you yet, it soon will.  I encourage each and everyone of you to continue supporting this wonderful organization.  

To those of you who have an interest in a life changing and affirming experience in the Hmong community and local Twin Cities art scene, I encourage you to consider applying to lead and usher the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent into the future.  For more information, visit .

My last official day at the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent will be on April 29, however I will still reachable at

Stay humble, and creative.


Fres Thao

For Immediate Release: CHAT seeks an Executive Director

Center For Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT)

Executive Director Job Posting

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

VISION 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.  

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.  

VALUES 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:


  • To provide quality arts education, activities and opportunities for Hmong American children and youth;
  • To foster the advancement of emerging and experienced Hmong American artists and;
  • To build audiences for the arts by creating and producing art that significantly enhances understanding both within the Hmong community as well cross-culturally.

PROGRAMS: In order to accomplish the goals outlined above, CHAT is building capacity in the arts so that Hmong American voices can be heard, documented and shared with others through the following programs.  CHAT programs operate with two arms: 1): Youth Arts Program introduces, teaches and engages Hmong youth in art activities that foster creative expression and leadership skills, and nurtures healthy self-development; and 2) Navigate offers development and advancement opportunities for working Hmong American artists.

Job Summary

The Executive Director is chief administrative and artistic director for the organization. Under the authority of the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for carrying out policies, maintaining fiscal integrity and making decisions on the artistic and strategic direction of the organization. The Executive Director manages, maintains and develops the entire organization, including financial, fundraising, programming, personnel, strategic planning and long-term visioning, public and community relations, marketing, compiling resources, evaluating opportunities and making executive decisions on all other areas required for effective organizational functioning.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: the Executive Director is responsible for the following tasks, which s/he may perform directly, or through the supervision of others.

  1. Leadership:  Position CHAT as a community leader through collaborations with other organizations, engaging and building the community that is supportive of the arts.  Maintain welcoming and productive organizational culture that is inclusive of all life-styles and identities. Provides guidance, support and motivation for board, staff, program participants and volunteers. Monitor progress and productivity of organizational goals. Handle and address conflicts or barriers.
  2. Strategic Plan and Long-term Visioning: Work with and engage Leadership Team, Board, Staff, Artists and Community to create strategic plan. Identify issues and needs of community to establish appropriate methods for addressing them organizationally. Implement strategic plan, as approved by Board. Continue development of long-term vision for the organization.
  3. Public and Community Relations: Passionately communicate the organization’s vision. Inform media of organizational and program developments. Initiate collaborative relationships with other community organizations. Coordinate programming with educational institutions. Establish and maintain relationships with other community groups, businesses and cross-sector organizations.
  4. Fundraising: Insure adequate funding for organization. Includes grant writing, cultivating donor relationships, development and execution of a fundraising plan.
  5. Financial: Develop and manage annual operating budgets and assist with CHAT Accountant in payroll, tax payments, and accounting tasks.
  6. Programming: Maintain, evaluate and expand annual events and programming in the areas of theater, visual, music, dance, youth arts and professional development of individual artists. Develop new programs and projects as appropriate to needs of community.
  7. Personnel: Recruit, hire, supervise, evaluate, and terminate all staff. Manage and lead effective team building and foster leadership of staff and volunteers.
  8. Marketing: develop and implement strategies for marketing organizational brand and promote program and events to build audiences for the arts.
  9. Other Resources: Insure that resources needed to maintain organizational operations (space, insurance, etc.) are obtained.

Experience and Qualification Requirements:

  1. Minimum Bachelor’s Degree or 3- 5 years non-profit management experience
  2. Demonstrated success in fundraising and financial management
  3. Previous experience in grassroots organizing
  4. Flexibility with work hours – weekends and evenings as needed
  5. Strong verbal and written communications skills
  6. Experience in public speaking
  7. Visionary and strategic thinker

Preferred Qualifications: _

  1. Bi-lingual: Hmong and English
  2. Knowledge of Hmong Community
  3. Understand and value the arts’ role in community
  4. Experience working with Intuit Quickbooks Accounting Software
  5. Experience in administration and management of small to mid-sized arts organization


Full-time Exempt

Competitive Executive Salary + Excellent Benefits


Position Open March 1, 2016

Position Open Until Filled


***Submit Cover Letter, Resume, 3 References and Salary Requirements to:


CHAT Executive Director Search Committee

995 University Avenue, Suite 220

St. Paul, MN  55104

No phone calls please.