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Celebrating Lao Minnesotan Artists Heritage Month

One year ago, we observed the very first Lao Minnesotan Artists Heritage Month, which was recognized by Governor Dayton and the State of Minnesota as a celebration of the outstanding international, national, and local contributions of Lao Minnesotan artists. It was hoped by the organizers that this would encourage future generations of emerging artists.  Further, it was hoped the community would recognize the role the arts have in our lives, especially to positively transform our society. In the time since, we continue to see our artists making wonderful strides and continuing to advance as artists. Saymoukda Vongsay, for example, is recognizing the 6th anniversary since the publication of her chapbook ‘No Regrets,’  but also the production of her first full-length play, “Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals,” presented by Mu Performing Arts. Her work was also included in the recent 2012 Winter Book of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Lao writers like Chanida Phaengdara Potter at Little Laos on the Prairie continue to create a vital space for our voices to be heard, and to bring our persepective to …