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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"Arts and human rights organizations form a strong Minnesota bond"

- by John Rash (October 30, 2015)
From the Star Tribune:

"A Hmong-American hip-hop/spoken word artist, a Syrian filmmaker and installation artist, and a Somali-born spoken-word artist shared their talents this month as part of the 'Art Illuminating Human Rights' series of talks and performances. The twinning of the arts and human rights reflects the remarkable concentration of those communities in Minnesota. It also speaks to the fundamental nature of both--pursuing the truth of the human condition."

'It's inevitable that our sectors interconnect,' said Fres Thao, the spoken-word artist and executive director of CHAT--the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent. 'We support one another because as artists we are agents of change who have this platform, this medium, this power, this voice to tell the truth about what's happening in our culture at this time.'" Continue Reading...