CHAT's 6th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival

Center for Hmong Arts and Talent’s (CHAT) 6th Annual Hmong Arts & Music Festival is being held on Saturday, August 25, at the Western Sculpture Park on Marion Street in Saint Paul.

This year’s theme is Dreaming in Hmong. In a 1974 National Geographic article, Lyteck Lynhiavu, a young Hmong leader, was asked “why virtually no Hmong become artists?” He responded, The Hmong dream only at night... an artist must dream all day, and we don't have time.

By 2007, things have changed. The Hmong community has found time not only to dream, but also to realize their dreams as artists in a wide range of disciplines. This festival will showcase the history and experiences of the Hmong-American community as seen through the dreams of Hmong visual and performing artists.

Highlights at the festival include:
* A Visual Exhibition Tent –- Showcases a collection of artwork created by Hmong artists
* The Master Gallery –- A selection of juried visual artwork
* The Main Stage -- Hosts a full days worth of traditional and contemporary musicians and performers
* Art Saves Us Tent -– Featuring visual and performance pieces from the youth in CHAT’s after-school program
* Dreamcatcher Clothesline Community Art Project –- Pillowcases that are designed by community members to share and realize their dreams in a powerful visual exhibit
* Cakes by Fhoua Cake Decorating Challenge –- A live cake decorating competition.
* Games, Food, Vendors and Resources –- There will be something for everyone! Games and prizes for all ages, savory foods, useful resources and art vendors with original merchandise that can’t be found in stores.

Together, these elements create an atmosphere of celebration, community, sharing of tradition and culture. Come as an artist, patron, vendor, enthusiast, tourist or resource; it’s a good time for all ages.

For more information, please contact: Kathy Mouacheupao at 651-603-6971 or kathy@aboutchat.org