Click Chicks: Exhibit showcases photography and writings of Roosevelt Homes Hmong Girl Scouts
Guided by artists who grew up in Minnesota public housing, eight teenaged Hmong Girl Scouts from Roosevelt Homes, a family congregate development owned by the St. Paul Public Housing Agency, recently embarked on a journey of artistic self-expression using photography and creative writing. Pictured: Asia Vang and Choua Vang
Guided by artists who grew up in Minnesota public housing, eight teenaged Hmong Girl Scouts from Roosevelt Homes, a family congregate development owned by the St. Paul Public Housing Agency, recently embarked on a journey of artistic self-expression using photography and creative writing. The result is Click Chicks: Hmong Girl Expressions, a traveling exhibit that will showcase their work on October 1, 2007 - January 31, 2008 throughout Twin Cities communities.
Over the summer of 2007, the girls met with two prominent local Hmong-American artists, Yeng Lor, a documentary photographer, and Mai Neng Moua, a creative nonfiction writer and poet. Lor was responsible for teaching the girls basic photography skills, while Moua was responsible for instructing them in creative writing and freestyle poetry workshops.
A stanza from the collaborative poem, To Be Hmong, by Asia Vang, Cassandra Vang, Choua Vang, Gao Sheng Yang, Pa Kou Moua, and Pa Nhia Moua, follows:
To be Hmong is
Butchering chickens, pigs, cows
Instead of buying them at the grocery stores
Having loads of meat in the freezer
Studying hard for school
Click Chicks was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.
Click Chicks will be on display at the locations listed below starting October 1. Entry to the exhibit is free at all locations.
October 1 - November 3
9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and Noon-4:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Neighborhood House, Paul and Sheila Wellstone Building, 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul.
November 5 - November 30
Call 651-641-8870 for viewing hours. Center for Hmong Studies, Concordia University, 275 Syndicate St. No., St. Paul.
December 3 - December 31
2:00-4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Opening party Monday December 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Hmong American Partnership, Second Floor, 1075 Arcade Street, St. Paul.
January 7 - January 31, 2008
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Opening party Monday January 7. Roosevelt Homes Community Center, 1579 Ames Avenue, St. Paul.
For information about the Hmong Women's Circle and other Girl Scout programs, call 651-227-8835 or 800-845-0787 or visit www.girlscoutscv.org.