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On Creating “Brand New” Art Spaces for Lao Americans

I am elated Little Laos’ers. Why? Because even after a week, people are still talking about the Brand New: Ohio 2017 Artist Showcase that was this past Saturday (November 4th). What is Brand New: Ohio? It’s a project that I and some fellow artists and community-builders here in Columbus developed to give Southeast Asian American and Pacific Islander American artists a creative platform – and we decided to make that platform a gallery art show. Why Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander Americans? And why an art show? Well, society often ignores SEA/PI Americans in the realms of entertainment, social initiatives, and popular consciousness because we lack access to most Pan-Asian American platforms. Asian Americans are already overlooked, so it’s a double burden for SEA/PI who typically have lower populations and higher rates of socio-economic challenges compared to other Asian American groups. The US also does a horrible job at teaching global geography and world history to kids, so that helps people ignore our histories and cultures. Because of the long list of barriers, we knew we …

Artwork by Chantala Kommanivanh to Benefit The SEAD Project

Starting today, attendees at our exclusive opening of “Spice + Rice Foodie Fundraiser” to support Little Laos on the Prairie’s storytelling work will get first dibs to check out and snag the latest original collection of artwork by artist Chantala Kommanivanh. The pieces will then go to a temporary home at New Rules on N. Lowry Avenue in Minneapolis through the end of this year. Join us for an opening and community mural activity on Saturday, November 11th starting at 5:00PM at New Rules. A percentage of proceeds will go to benefit our work and The SEAD Project, our mother organization. Want a piece? Shoot an email to