No Word For Art: 8th Hmong Arts And Music Festival

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Definitely short notice for people, but got word sent down about the 8th Hmong Arts And Music Festival that is happening today/tonight, so if you're still looking for something to do - you might want to check it out:

CHAT’s 8th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival:
Saturday, August 22, 2009

CHAT's 8th Annual Hmong Arts & Music Festival will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Western Sculpture Park on Marion Street in Saint Paul (across the street from Sears).

There is no Hmong word for art. Although the truth of this statement is startling and can trigger a stream of questions and assumptions about the culture, the reality is that there is a rich tradition of art weaved into the daily lives of the people. Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) is proud to announce that the 8th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival's theme is "NO WORD FOR ART" and, with or without the word, will speak in its universal language to celebrate the artistic soul of the community. The Festival will be an illumination of the Hmong American experience with displays of creativity and talent in multiple forms that everyone can enjoy.

Highlights at the Festival:

* A Visual Exhibition Tent, showcasing a collection of artwork created by Hmong artists
* The Master Gallery, an exhibit of juried artwork selected by local professional artists
* The Main Stage, which hosts a full days worth of traditional and contemporary musicians and performers
* The IN SESSION: Singer/ Songwriter Competition, rewarding original compositions of the highest quality
* The Community Art Project--"WE ARE ART," is a powerful display of artwork created by the community for the community
* "The LOUNGE" Youth Tent, a gathering space for youth to create and showcase
* The Cakes by Fhoua Cake Decorating Contest, Parade, Games, Family Arts Activites, Vendors, Food, Resources--something for everyone!
And if you can't make it this time around - at least you know what's happening for next year!