Saint Paul Public Library invites residents to celebrate AAPI Month with cultural dance performances, visual art exhibition

Free event for all ages on May 23 celebrates the arts, cultures, and stories of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Saint Paul.

Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) invites residents of all ages to join in celebrating the arts, culture, and stories of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community that resides in Saint Paul with an event on Thursday, May 23, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Arlington Hills Library.

“At Saint Paul Public Library, we believe libraries are spaces where everyone in our community can see themselves reflected and celebrated,” said Gao Yang, SPPL’s Community Partnerships and Programs Coordinator. "Join us for an evening that celebrates the visual arts and dance from local artists."

The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. A light celebratory meal will be served. Artists and performers whose work will be showcased include:

  • Saw Kennedy, a K’Nyaw artist and Lead Curator for Window to the Soul: A Burma Art Exhibition
  • Shakun Maheshwari, a visual artist, folk artist, and photographer
  • Dao Lan Dance Studio, a competitive Hmong dance group
  • Wattanak Dance Troupe, a Cambodian dance group
  • Seev Cev, a Hmong line dancing performance and workshop. Attendees are encouraged to join in the dance.

Arlington Hills Library is located at 1200 Payne Ave., St. Paul, MN 55130.

Visit for more information. SPPL’s AAPI programming is made possible by Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds.