ST. PAUL (Jan. 3, 2013) — The Hmong Cultural Center has received more funding for support of its Qeej Music Instructional Program.
Approval for a Fiscal Year 2014 Community Arts grant from the Metro Regional Arts Council was announced in December. This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
The popular and well established Qeej after school program at Hmong Cultural Center teaches children and youth how to perform the Qeej instrument. The Qeej instrument is intrinsically associated with the Hmong cultural identity and heritage and plays an important role in the Hmong funeral ceremony.
The Qeej program meets at Hmong Cultural Center, Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. at the new HCC offices at 379 University Avenue, Suite 204, Saint Paul, MN 55103.
“The Metro Regional Arts Council through its important funding support will allow the Hmong Cultural Center to continue to teach young Hmong Americans and interested non-Hmong about the rich Hmong folk arts tradition and the intrinsic historic importance of the Qeej instrument to Hmong life and ceremonial culture,” said Hmong Cultural Center Executive Director Txongpao Lee.
Hmong Cultural Center was also awarded a FY 2014 Folk and Traditional Arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to support the Hmong Folk Arts Videos Project in September 2013.
Founded in 1992, Hmong Cultural Center’s mission is to promote the personal development of children, youth, and adults through Hmong cultural education while providing resources that enhance cross-cultural awareness and understanding between Hmong and non-Hmong persons.
In early 2012, HCC earned “Meets Standards” Status from the Charities Review Council and is currently the only Hmong organization in Minnesota with this status. The center’s website is at www.hmongcc.org.
The community is very welcome to visit HCC, enroll in our programs and use our Hmong Resource Center Library (www.hmonglibrary.org). To learn more about programs at Hmong Cultural Center call 651-917-9937.