Hmong Cultural Center

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Hmong Cultural Center
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2020
End Date
June 2022
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Hmong Cultural Heritage Initiative is intended to both preserve and spread awareness and knowledge of Hmong culture in a comprehensive and multifaceted manner by supporting several outreach initiatives of the Hmong Cultural Center Museum.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Kee Vang (St Paul, MN) Kee was a part of the Truth and Transformation conference/work with MHC, and is also serving on the immigrant cultural heritage panel. He is Hmong.

Tori Hong (Minneapolis, MN) Tori Hong is a Hmong and Korean illustrator, facilitator, and consultant. She was recommended by a Hmong artist/individual that knows MHC’s work well.

Kabo Yang (Little Canada, MN) Kabo Yang has been a panelist with MHC for prior grants. Her work focuses on identity-driven leadership, culturally-affirming nonprofit management and inclusion initiatives.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center


Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.

(1) Of this amount, $250,000 the first year is for a grant to one or more community organizations that provide arts and cultural heritage programming celebrating Hmong heritage.

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The Hmong Cultural Center Museum Outreach Initiatives will be evaluated in terms of the extent of the successful completion of the following outcomes:

  • Completion of production of 2000 new outreach brochures as well as enhanced staffing for group tours of the museum and library
  • Completion of production and printing of 2500 enhanced take-away exhibit programs for visitors to add even further educational value to the museum experience
  • Completion of printing of 1000 educational curriculums tied to Minnesota State K-12 Standards intended for school groups visiting the Hmong Cultural Center Museum Exhibits (planning of the museum curriculums has already been completed with a Minnesota Historical Society grant)
  • Completion of the planning and development of a museum app that will allow walk-in visitors to listen to a guided audio tour when visiting the HCC Museum space
  • Completion of planning and development of a traveling exhibit which will include a condensed version of museum exhibit panels and exhibit objects that Hmong Cultural Center can loan to other community institutions including museums and libraries in Minnesota for display

Dr. Mark E. Pfeifer, who has been involved in program evaluation and grant reporting at the center for 20 years will be the lead individual involved in project evaluation activities along with Txongpao Lee, the Executive Director. Evaluation results will be shared with the center's Board of Directors and Advisory Council for feedback. Evaluation results will be used to guide future museum projects as well as marketing to both the Hmong and broader mainstream communities and also used to direct future changes and additions to cultural arts programming initiatives at Hmong Cultural Center. Evaluation results will also be shared with the Minnesota Humanities Center for any required evaluation reporting of grant activities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
outcomes data not yet available
Recipient Board Members
Shuly Her, Kamai Xiong, Maiyia Yang, Vong Thao, Victoria Herr, Chad Lee, Bee Moua
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Hmong Cultural Center
Street Address
375 University Ave Suite 204
St. Paul
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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