In honor of Hmong American Day, APL staff created a Hmong art contest opportunity for Hmong students from the Fox Valley to participate. We asked middle and high school artists of all skill levels to submit Hmong artwork to celebrate Hmong American Day. The artwork was showcased in the library along with materials from the Hmong Resource Collection. Patrons appreciated seeing the artwork from the students and the Hmong display. Friends’ funds were used to purchase books for the participating artists.
We were excited to welcome celebrated fiber artist Pat Bishop for a workshop. Pat showed attendees how to compose a simple landscape with fabric scraps. This easy and fun technique showcased how accessible it is to create beautiful art from your home with little supplies or experience. Friends’ funds were used for an honorarium for the artist.
We hosted two in-person Bollywood Dance Workouts at City Center Studio, where Mahima Grover led participants through a simple dance movement routine for all ages and skill levels. Participants from the first classes responded with overwhelming interest. They learned about the history and culture of Bollywood dance and built greater self-confidence with new dance moves. Because of the enthusiastic response, we will bring this program back in the summer. The honorarium was made possible by Friends’ funds.