Hmong Cultural Center
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.
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.
Minnesota Humanities Center
$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.
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.