I am working on a state-wide project called “Hmong Story 40″ with a group from throughout California. The result will be a museum-like exhibit which will open in the winter of 2015 to commemorate the 40th year of Hmong in the United States. We will be speaking about the project at the launch event this Friday. Please come join us to get to know the project, the team, and how you can help. Continue reading
Saturday, July 26, Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program (TCOFP) Fellows, Learning Groups, and Coordinating Group Members will travel to Atwater, CA (Merced County) to visit Dolly Solomon. Dolly will host the Cultural Kitchen “Taste of India” that will highlight the … Continue reading
If you are gifted as traditional dancer, musician, or artist in your culture, I am looking for presenters to share in a workshop setting for one hour in August. You will be working with talented high school students who are eager to learn about your traditional cultural arts. Please comment on this post if you or someone who you know is interested. Thanks!
I’m looking forward to hearing how everyone is doing with the cultural assessment and inventory. I am thinking about the different groups that I will be working with next year and how applicable the shared agenda and the assessment will be as I build relationships and really seek to discover how best to serve the community.
TCOFP Upcoming Events
July 10, 2014: One-on-one Blog Training
Note: Not mandatory for everyone. This training is for those fellows who missed the training at the gathering and those who feel need a one-on-one.
The Tamejavi Fellows had their second three day residential gathering at Wonder Valley Ranch this past May. One of the areas of focus was popular education, community mapping, cultural assessment and inventory. The fellows also had the opportunity to invite one of their learning group members to be part of this gathering. They had the opportunity to get to know each other and the communities that each of them come from. Continue reading
It is nice to be a part of Tamejavi as a fellow. Good to have Tudor Stanley for teaching us how to write on Tamejavi Blog, again learning about how to write and post pictures on Tamejavi Blog.
Imagine yourself listening to a political refugee from Hmong descent — now a professor at California State University, Fresno teaching Hmong language — sharing his journey as he escaped the war zone from his native country of Laos? Or walking through an artistically interactive gallery having conversation with religious leaders and cultural practitioners from the Punjab community learning about their living traditions, cuisine and history? Or the opportunity to reflect back on your own community by conducting a community assessment? These and other life-lasting experiences is what I gathered as alumni of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program. Now, the opportunity is yours to be part of Temejavi — a festival once recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, “Tamejavi Festival has become an essential part of life in the Central Valley, bringing to light the rich, diverse culture that makes up this region”– through the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program.
The Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program (TCOFP) was launched in the fall of 2011, TCOFP is a fellowship program designed to strengthen the cultural organizing skills of Central Valley’s emerging cultural leaders from underserve communities. Ten cultural leaders will be selected to participate in TCOFP second cycle starting April 2014 ending October 2015. Selected fellows will learn the basic principles of popular education, participatory action research, and cultural organizing. They are also provided with resources to inspire the collective artistic and cultural creativities within and beyond their own communities. Continue reading
Building a Sense of Home is a visual testimony of an 18-month learning journey in which ten immigrant leaders participated as fellows of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program (TCOFP). The images are glimpses of the many activities in which … Continue reading
Kooch: Stories of Mixed Identities
Ziba Shirazi will perform and share her music as storytelling. Mr. Faez will play his santour, and we will also have poetry reading as well as other music performances. The program will be on Saturday, April 20th at 5:00 PM at Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno. 2672 E. Alluvial, Fresno, CA 03720
Thanks to PVI, James Irvine Foundation and National Endowment for all their hard work.
I hope to see you all on Saturday, April 20th at 5:00 P.M.