Hmong Museum

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

Hmong Museum proposes developing a 400 sq feet traveling exhibit around the importance of Hmong's oral culture. It will be a research phase with collaboration between Hmong Museum and community members. Topics would include Hmong stories that are passed on including history narratives, skills that are taught orally, and folktales. It will also provide an opportunity for visitors of all backgrounds to be inspired to share their own stories about their lives and experiences.

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)

Goal: Accountability for grant project (Accountability)

  • Measurable outcome 1: Completion of position descriptions for each role which will be shared with the public.
    • How evaluated: When an Exhibit manager, two researchers, one SGU Liasion, and Collaborative are recruited.
  • Measurable outcome 2: A written work plan for the year that includes goals, activities, due dates, and person responsible. This will be used internally to complete the project.
    • How evaluated: This plan will be reviewed by the Hmong Museum board and the Exhibit team for clarity and completion.
  • Measurable outcome 3: Host five meetings with the Collaborative and Hmong Museum board. Notes from these meetings will be used as a guide for the exhibit team as well as recording the progress of the project.
    • How evaluated: There will be an end-of-meeting rating that will be recorded at the end of each meeting.

Goal: Complete research, content writing and acquisition, and design

  • Measurable outcome 1: A document with research questions which will be used as a guide to do the research.
    • How evaluated: Reviewed by the exhibit team and approved. When the research can be completed with evidence of a bibliography, notes and interviews.
  • Measurable outcome 2: Completed labels for panels and list of photos and objects.
    • How evaluated: With peer review notes on the labels and a list of photos and objects are in hand.
  • Measurable outcome 3: Completed design of panels and drawing sketch of the mural.
    • How evaluated: When the exhibit team and Collaborative has approved the final design and drawing.
Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
outcomes data not yet available
Recipient Board Members
Chuayi Yang, Koobmeng Lee, Sandy Lo
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Hmong Museum
Street Address
941 Lafond Ave
St. Paul
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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