MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 4, 2015) — Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM) has collaborated with local artists for the past several years in support of our mission, which is to end domestic violence by promoting safe and healthy relationships within the Asian Pacific Islander community.
We put the spotlight on graphic designer, Ms. Mai Tong Vang. This past year, Mai Tong donated her time and talent to AWUM’s annual fundraiser by designing the save the date and invitation cards. We are honored to serve with Mai Tong and we publicly acknowledge her contribution. We are excited that Mai Tong is an Artist for AWUM!
AWUM asked Mai Tong a few questions about her craft and the role of the arts in promoting social change. Here are her responses!
Q: What is your main art form?
Mai Tong: I mainly focus on illustrations, typography and branding. I enjoy drawing and also do a little photography in my free time.
Q: How long have you been engaged in developing and refining your craft?
Mai Tong: I have been a Graphic Designer just short of 6 years but I have always been interested in art since middle school.
Q: What motivates you to do art?
Mai Tong: I want to create art that can make people feel, whether it be happiness, sadness, excitement or sorrow; if it brings tears to someone’s eyes, tears of joy or tears of pain. Whether the art piece leaves hope or takes a toll on life, I want my art to send a message. It’s amazing to me to be able to grasp an individual’s attention and let it take affect on their emotions through something that I created.
Q: What role does art play in creating positive social change?
Mai Tong: Art reaches out, raises awareness, tells a story and shares an opinion. In almost every form of art, a message is sent all across its audience. I think one of the most important aspects of a concept is making sure your art executes well in sending the message it is supposed to. In my opinion, a piece of art that delivers the message intended is always a positive thing, no matter what the message is.
Q: Why do you want your creative works to support AWUM’s mission?
Mai Tong: I support and believe in everything that AWUM stands for. It’s a good feeling to go to sleep at night knowing that I’ve contributed not only to the Asian community, but also in making a difference to those lives who have been affected by domestic violence.
To reach AWUM: www.awum.org or 24-hour crisis: 612-724-8823.