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Living Arts Outreach

Living Arts Outreach

Living Arts Outreach

Bryan Thao Worra is an award-winning writer who is the first Lao American writer to receive an NEA Fellowship in Literature. He is partnering with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota to develop a cohort of storytellers in North Minneapolis to grow neighborhood memory while finding innovative ways to share and express that journey. The core constituents are Lao American refugee families who have historically been underserved by the arts. The Lao Assistance Center has served refugees for 30 years in Minnesota. Among the outcomes the Living Arts Outreach project hopes to achieve are regular live reading/presentation of various community stories, a small publication and online gallery, and videos and other interconnected arts media in response to the stories that emerge. A key part of the process is asking the participants to work with Bryan Thao Worra to examine what Lao values were, are, and should be in the coming decades. The project also includes a monthly workshop series covering many parts of the Lao Minnesotan journey in North Minneapolis.

Artist: Bryan Thao Worra

Project Award Date: 
2015-04-01
Community organization or agency: 
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
CURA Contact: 
Neeraj Mehta (612) 624-8988