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Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT)

The Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT) is an arts advocacy group based in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood. Since its inception in 1998, CHAT has transformed into a social justice arts organization that engages with local and national Hmong communities. In addition to providing diverse arts-based programs, CHAT uses innovative strategies to address social issues affecting Hmong Americans.

Black and white photograph of Musicians of the Sixteenth Battalion Band, c.1918.

Sixteenth Battalion musicians

Musicians of the Sixteenth Battalion Band, c.1918.

Color image of the altar and baldachin (decorative canopy) inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Altar and baldachin

Altar and baldachin (decorative canopy) inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Color image of a station of the cross set on travertine (limestone) inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

Cross station

Station of the cross set on travertine (limestone) inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 16, 2014.

Color image of a north-facing, stained-glass rose window of the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

North rose window

North-facing, stained-glass rose window of the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Color image of the statue of St. Luke sculpted by Leon Hermant. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Statue of St. Luke

Statue of St. Luke in the Cathedral of St. Paul's Sacred Heart chapel. Sculpted by Leon Hermant. Rojo Alicante marble is visible behind the statue. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Color image of statues of Saints Cyril and Methodius in the St. Paul Cathedral’s Shrine of Nations. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Saints Cyril and Methodius, Shrine of Nations

Statues of Saints Cyril and Methodius in the St. Paul Cathedral’s Shrine of Nations. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Color photograph of a close-up view of a decorative grille inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Grille detail

Close-up view of a decorative grille inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Color image of the decorative altar ceiling inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Altar ceiling

Decorative altar ceiling inside the St. Paul Cathedral. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Color image of a relief statue of St. Paul carved by Leon Hermant for the exterior of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

Statue of St. Paul

Relief statue of St. Paul carved by Leon Hermant for the exterior of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Photographed by Paul Nelson on July 10, 2014.

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