Community Chords

Community Chords: Engagement through Music and Art is funded by a grant received through WiLS Ideas to Action fund and celebrates Hmong American Day on May 14. It is a time to recognize and remember Hmong people's stories, history, and contribution in the Vietnam War. The project highlights Hmong narratives and skills and brings everyone together through a shared love of music, art, and literacy - all components that make Appleton a thriving community. Watch the video below to learn more. 


Piano Artists
Five artists were selected to reinvent donated pianos and these pianos will be placed at host locations throughout the community for public engagement during the month of May. Watch the videos below to meet the artists. 


Farrah Yang


Rosa Jimenez & Ben Vehrs


Hmong Youth Program for Excellence (HYPE)


Alyssa Love


Peter Lee & Farrah Yang 


Hmong Programs 
Various Hmong professionals will lead virtual programs on Hmong music, art, and literacy throughout the month of May. These programs are funded through a combination of Friends Funds, city funds, and the East Asia in Wisconsin Grant. The programming lineup include the following:


Creative Writing with Hmong Author VT Bidania on May 8 at 1pm
The author of the Astrid and Apollo book series, VT Bidania, will share her journey to becoming a published author. Children will explore their creative writing skills and cultural identity. A kit with supplies will be available for pick up. Register at


Introduction to Hmong Flute and Leaf Playing Music with Neng Now on May 14 at 5pm
The dynamic Hmong leader, Neng Thao (Neng Now), will share cultural history on Hmong flute and leaf playing music. Children will also learn how to make their own Hmong instrument to play at home. A kit with supplies will be available for pick up. To register, visit


Traditional Hmong Spoken Art with Shaman Tou Ger Lor on May 16 at 2pm
Come learn more about traditional Hmong spoken art with shaman, Tou Ger Lor. He will share some chants and music involved in rituals along with his journey to becoming a shaman at a young age. More details will be available soon at


Chain Making with Hmong Visual Artist Ger Xiong on May 22 at 1pm
Children in grades 2-6 will learn how to make their own bracelet out of metal wire using a three-coil chain making model. Visual artist, Ger Xiong, will share his expertise in metal work and some of the unique creations he has welded throughout his studies. A kit with supplies will be available for pick up. Register at


Media Animation with Hmong Visual Artist & Designer Tou Yia Xiong on May 25 at 5pm 
Hmong visual artist and desginer for Mahatten Toys, Tou Yia Xiong, will give an introduction to media animation He'll guide participants using a grid style template to produce their own GIF. A kit with supplies will be available for pick up. Registered participants will need a phone, tablet, iPad, or another device handy on the day of. 

Grades K-6 register here:
Grades 6-12 register here:


Join us in the celebration of the Hmong American journey and help us spread awareness on social media using #CommunityChordsAPL. Ua tsaug!