Hmong Filmmaker Series

Saturdays in February – April, 4:00-7:00 PM
Steve Y. Thao, Executive Director of CHAT

WBCA is excited to partner with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) to present this series of films by Hmong filmmakers, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. These evenings will include appetizers prior to each film and a discussion afterwards. All films are in Hmong, two with English subtitles (see below).

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The Art of Cut Paper

Tuesday, April 4, 7:00-8:30 PM
Andrea Martin
This presentation will explore the art of papercutting – its history, techniques, and styles. From its origins in China shortly after the invention of paper, papercutting spread to the rest of the world along with the craft of papermaking. Each culture developed its own style and technique for the art so that today we have an amazing array of very different artistic approaches to what is basically a very simple technique. Andrea will also discuss current styles and techniques, and present examples of current papercut art from a variety of well-known artists.

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Innovative Egg Tempera and a Short History of Color

Thursday, April 13, 7:00-8:30 PM
Julie JAO

Visual artist, storyteller and performance artist Julie JAO presents a free live demo on her innovative Egg Tempera technique. Layering washes of paint instead of using the traditional dry brush method creates an opportunity to explore these breathtakingly beautiful pigments in a contemporary way. Julie JAO weaves anecdotes from the history of color with her personal experiences of making paint into a highly entertaining, thought provoking, and informative demonstration that will get you excited about trying new things in whatever medium you explore.

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Public Art: Shaping the Form and Experience of the Public Sphere

3 Mondays, April 24-May 8, 1:30-3:00 PM
Christine Podas Larson

Follow the trajectory of contemporary public art practice, focusing on Saint Paul as a laboratory for artist exploration of civic values and social conditions, and as a forum for creative expression, intervention, and action. The course will encompass public sculpture, the role of artists in shaping urban landscapes, and socially engaged artwork. It will explore the nexus of artistic vision, multi-disciplinary collaboration, non-profit partnership, civic process, and public policy. It will include classroom presentations and discussions.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald & White Bear Lake’s Literary Legacy

Monday, May 15, 7:00-9:00 PM
Mary Jane LaVigne
Join us for an in depth look at the legendary author’s White Bear Lake stories. We’ll examine the literary mechanics that turned the particulars of our suburban town into mythical Black Bear Lake. Writers, readers, and local history buffs are certain to find something that tickles them in this lively discussion.

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Hmong-Lao Friendship Play

Saturday, June 3, 4:00-6:00 PM
May Lee-Yang & Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

How did the daughter of a provincial governor and the daughter of a buffalo-riding gangster become BFFs? The Friendship Play is a comedy turned accidental musical about playwrights, foodies, and real-life BFFs May Lee-Yang (a Hmong refugee) and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay (a Lao refugee). Set to the backdrop of karaoke music and Little House on the Prairie fantasies, Lee-Yang and Vongsay hack their way through stories about refugee life, American pop culture, and empowering their brethren through the Hot Asian Man project.

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