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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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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