MINNEAPOLIS — Intermedia Arts’ Catalyst Series, a platform for transformative, socially engaged new work, kicks off in September with a new theatrical piece and a visual art exhibition that promise to spark
thoughtful, informed, and enlightened community dialogue.
The first performance of the Catalyst Series season, Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play, is a collaboratively researched, written, and performed piece by playwrights, performing artists, foodies, and real-life BFFs May Lee-Yang and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay.
Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play explores the connections between the Hmong and Lao communities through stories, humor, hot Asian men, and popular culture.
Co-presented with Lazy Hmong Woman Productions and directed by Scotty Gunderson, Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Playexplores cultural relativism between the Hmong and the Lao and builds cross-cultural understanding, connections, and friendships through humor, joy, and shared stories.
With only three performances (September 17-19), you don’t want to miss Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play.
VisibiliT is the first visual art exhibition of the Catalyst Series’ fall season. Sharpening the focus on contemporary issues in the Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming community, VisibiliT features photographs by Shiraz Mukarram, curated by Andrea Jenkins. The photos, taken all over Minneapolis, impressionistically document elements of the Trans* community.
One of the most marginalized, feared and discriminated communities in our society,the Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming community continually navigates dangerous and sometimes hostile territories. VisibiliT, through the art exhibition and supporting events including film screenings, performances, an equity summit, and more, seeks to bring greater visibility to the “T” in “LGBT.”
Co-presented with The Tretter Collection, VisibiliT opens to the public onSeptember 17. An opening reception, held on Thursday, September 24, provides an opportunity to join the artists for music, art, and hors d’oeuvres. Check out theIntermedia Arts’ webpage for full details on the other supporting events.
About the Catalyst Series
The Catalyst Series is a platform for transformative, socially engaged new work. Through performing, media and visual arts, the Catalyst Series sparks lasting dialogue in provocative and visionary ways, showcasing work by artists whose voices are in motion. The series offers a pathway for traditionally underrepresented emerging artists and projects that ignite innovation.
As Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts organization, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists to make changes in their lives and communities. We provide creative people of all ages with the opportunities, tools, and support to come together across disciplines, sectors, and boundaries to connect, create, share, collaborate, innovate, think big, and act as catalysts for positive community-driven and community-defined change. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to used arts-based approaches to solve community issues. By stimulating deeper community engagement and providing a platform for the stories and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally, and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.
These presentations are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.