Category Archives: Programs


2014 Fresh Traditions Designers

Congratulations everyone! We’re in for another fantastic show! The designers for the 8th Annual Fresh Traditions Fashion Show was selected earlier this month! This year’s featured designers are:

From Minnesota: Mai See Her, Kia Moua Kehrer, Mai Ceceil Lee, PaFoua Vang Xiong, and Vanessa Vu
From Wisconsin: Phoua Vang
From California: Duo design team, Hilltribe Fusion

With design inspirations from Gothic Lolita to bridal wear, we’ve got spectacular show in the works. We want to give a BIG thank you to all our applicants. Due to the limited amount of space and time, we couldn’t make do to accept all of our submissions. However, we highly encourage you all to re-apply for next year’s 2015 show. Thanks so much for your support!

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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


Free all ages cross stitching workshop!


Join us for cross stitching with Jaime Vu and learn about traditional Hmong embroidery!

Jaime Vu received her B.F.A. from the College of Visual Arts in Photography, she also works with screen printing and embroidery. Jamie has experience in arts education, and designs her projects to cultivate appreciation of Hmong culture.

Suitable for anyone who would like to learn about cross stitching and kids of all ages; materials provided.

Minnesota Museum of American Art
Corner of 4th and Robert Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Phone (651) 797-4057


CHAT’s 2013 Youth Leadership Group wants you!


We’re accepting applications for CHAT’s 2013 Youth Leadership Group! 

CHAT’s YLG is a program designed for Hmong Youth (14-19 years old) who are interested in gaining leadership and community organizing skills.  This year long program involves learning, creating and sharing experiences and perspectives through art.  Through collaborations with local leaders, professionals and artists, YLG will create an original art project, and organize a monthly open mic night.  YLG meets every Friday from 4-7pm.

If you, or someone you know is interested, visit or email for more information!


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