MINNEAPOLIS — In celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM) highlights a few Asian American artists in our midst.
For the past several years, AWUM has collaborated with local artists in support of our mission, which is to end domestic violence by promoting safe and healthy relationships within the Asian Pacific Islander community.
This week, we introduce Ms. Nan Sinchai, Graphic Designer and undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota. Nan has been a committed partner in promoting AWUM’s mission and we are honored to serve with her. She has generously donated her graphic design services to assist in our vital work.
AWUM asked Nan a few questions about her work and the role of the arts in promoting social change. Here are her responses:
Q: What is your main art form?
Nan: Mainly 2D. The majority of my work is printed work. My personal interest is hand-lettering, so I try to incorporate that into my work.
Q: How long have you been engaged in developing and refining your craft?
N: I’ve always been a crafty person ever since I could remember. I’ve always enjoyed doing fine arts, but I started to experiment with graphic design 4 years ago, when I decided to change my major (from the STEM field).
Q: What motivates you to do art?
N: I would say self-improvement. It feels great when you come up with something really awesome. You don’t know what you are capable of doing until you really push yourself to the limit.
Q: What role does art play in creating positive social change?
N: I think art acts as a bridge for people to be able to open up and express themselves freely. With art, people are able to generate crazily awesome ideas, and inspire one another.
Q: Why do you want your creative works to support AWUM’s mission?
N: I believe in AWUM’s mission and what the organization does. I want to support in any way that I can. I volunteered at the shelter in the past and I am still supporting AWUM by using my graphic design skills to design materials.
To view more of Nan’s design work visit online at http://cargocollective.com/nansinchai. To reach AWUM: www.awum.org or 24-hour crisis: 612-724-8823.
This article was prepared by Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM). Photo courtesy of Nan Sinchai.