May 10, 2023

AAP Staff
MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 12, 2020) — Minnesota is home to over 114,000 people with roots in Southeast Asia including refugees, and 2020 marks the 45th anniversary since the end of conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos that led to thousands living in diaspora around the world.

The SEAD Project recently gathered stories and art from members of the 1.5 generation that was important to the successful adaptation of their community to life in the U.S., and partnered with the Minnesota Museum of American Art to present an exhibit of Southeast Asian artists responding to this journey. The exhibit opened Sept. 24 and will be on display through Jan. 3, 2021. 

The majority of the exhibit can be viewed from the streets free of charge. Online events have also been held in coordination with the exhibit. More details can be found at:

The Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA), founded as the St. Paul School of Fine Arts in 1894, has been housed in many St. Paul locations throughout its history, including the Jemne Building, Landmark Center, and through January 2009, the West Publishing Company. It is presently located in Downtown Saint Paul at the Pioneer Endicott Building.

Started in 2010, The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora Development) is a social venture on a mission to be an accessible community hub that provides streamlined cross cultural workshops, exchanges and knowledge-sharing that navigates the global marketplace to achieve sustainable development for Southeast Asian locals and diaspora communities. Through safe and welcoming spaces, we hope to connect the disconnected and drive E-mpowerment to plant the seeds of hope and possibility locally and globally. 

Since 2015, SEAD is a legally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Laos.

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