On Saturday, August 21st, nationally acclaimed Lao American artists were recognized during the national Lao Artists Festival in Elgin, Illinois in an an event organized by the Laotian Professionals of Illinois. The mission of the festival was “To showcase and advocate our talents, preserve our culture, and provide leadership for our future through art education and awareness.”
Among artists recognized include visual artist Mali Kouanchao for her work as a painter and Bryan Thao Worra for his work with literacy. Other writers represented include playwright and poet Saymoukda Vongsay and Catzie Vilayphonh, as well as Ova Saopeng and Leilani Chan. It was an evening to remember for everyone. Congratulations to all!