Minnesota's Legacy

Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Voua Yang AKA Bob Yang
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
June 2012
End Date
April 2013
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Ramsey
Ramsey
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$1,141
Direct expenses
$11,141
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Minnesota artists are able to expand or further develop their artistic abilities through varied learning opportunities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

As a musician I was very comfortable with the musical score but the theater aspect of the musical was a challenging yet enjoyable experience. In researching this project I went to see many solo theater acts including Zaraawar Mistry's "The Other Mr. Gandhi" and Katie Ka Vang's "Hmong Bollywood." I learned that a theater performance takes many years to develop and multiple workshops until it becomes a final product. I learned from Katie Ka Vang that "Hmong Bollywood" took over five years to put together and has had many incarnations. Although it will take many more performances and years of acting for me to develop my acting skills, I now know what I need to strive for and I am encouraged by my success this far.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Yang will produce a contemporary musical to educate a new generation of youth about the culture and history of the Hmong people.
Project Manager
First Name
Voua
Last Name
Yang
Organization Name
Voua Yang AKA Bob Yang
State
MN
Phone
(651) 500-1734
Email
vouayang@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr., Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board., Ardell Brede, Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002., Peggy Burnet, Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Michael Charron, Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Sean Dowse, Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies., John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka., Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.,Ellen McInnis, Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board., Pamela Perri, Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota., Margaret Rapp, Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board., Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Jason Allen: Electronic performance artist and Producer, Ballet Mech.; Jill Dawe: Associate professor of music, Augsburg College.; Paula Gudmundson: Founder, Seven Suns ensemble. Artist and arts educator.; Daniel Kallman: Composer; Janis Lane-Ewart: Executive director, KFAI, Fresh Air, Inc. Volunteer programmer, "The Collective Eye" (KFAI). Treasurer, Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations, and National Federation of Community Broadcasters.; Martha Lindberg: Handbell director, Centenary
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Yes