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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Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Friday, April 28, 2:00 PM (new!) or 7:00 PM
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
With imagination, artistry, and musical mastery, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has made its case as “one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” (Soundboard Magazine) since its formation in 1986. This program will include a wide variety of music from Bach to Jazz pianist Hiromi to Prince. Also featured will be California composer Ian Krouse’s new work “StarWaves”, composed for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and based on a song by 1970s British rock/pop musician Nick Drake.

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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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Painting Birds with Lots of Texture!

Tuesday-Thursday, August 15-17, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Karen Knutson

Back for her third summer workshop at WBCA, Karen Knutson loves to introduce students to fun techniques and stretch their imagination into making their paintings semi-abstract. In this workshop we will be making our own stencils using a glue gun. Then we will paint illusionary birds and have fun with color exploration. Another day, we will pour water on a charcoal surface and then incorporating a bird of your choice onto the charcoal surface. Karen will be demonstrating a cardinal, but you can pick your own subject. Collage will be incorporated into an abstract design on the third day, and again, birds will be the subject of this painting, but just the outside shape of the bird. No drawing necessary for this workshop. Get ready to learn so many new textural tricks! Fun to incorporate into any subject for future paintings!

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