FRES THAO

Artist, Educator, and Organizer in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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"Are you living life? Or simply just living?"

I am an advocate for the arts and social justice. I believe that both art and social justice are direct energy, desire and communication of the soul. I believe art and social justice intersect on many levels, making them a powerful combination for change; through activism, education, empowerment, self expression and development, and truth telling. I believe both are required in order to heal from trauma and violence, to thrive in the here and now, and to move forward toward a more equitable and compassionate future. I will continue to share my truths through art, and I will continue to nurture and encourage the pursuit of art as a tool for social justice.

As an activist, writer and Hip Hop pioneer of the Hmong American community, I have been immersed in arts, activism and mentorship since the early 90’s. I am also the Executive Director Emeritus for the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent, and currently freelance as an organizer, educator, writer, speaker and career/planning consultant.

I will continue sharing my truths through art, and I will continue to nurture and encourage the pursuit of art as a tool for social justice.