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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
This May at Mia, celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islander artists with videos, stories, virtual events, and more. With one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of the arts of Asia, Mia is a vibrant resource for the appreciation of Asian cultural heritage, both past and present.
Recently, the global spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed a disproportionate impact on communities of color and an escalation of racism and xenophobia against Asians and Asian Americans. We condemn these discriminatory beliefs and behavior and reject actions of prejudice and intolerance against any community. We are committed to investing our resources to deepen our understanding and appreciation of our shared humanity across differences.
Explore the Art
Self-Care through Art
Close Looking and Drawing Exercise
During these challenging and uncertain times, empathy and compassion are crucial as we care for others. And self-care is just as important. Art can be a powerful tool for helping us connect with and mediate our own emotions and feelings. Here you can engage in close looking and a drawing exercise inspired by a painting from Mia’s collection by Yayoi Kusama. Also, be inspired by optimistic words of hope from the artist herself about the Covid19 pandemic and resilience.
Virtual Care Package
Starting May 21, 2020, send this digital “Care Package” to someone in need of support, inspiration, healing or creativity. Co-curated with members of the local Asian American Pacific Islander community, this virtual care package includes poetry, films, workshop and more.
This project was inspired by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s Care Package.
Global Youth Exchange 2020
The Global Youth Exchange Program was envisioned as a way for Mia to foster greater cultural understanding among ten young people in Minnesota (ages 14–18) and ten young people in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The program, which ran from January through May 2020, was designed to offer an art-based curriculum and travel experience and then culminate in a group exhibition.