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AAPI artists hope to inspire the next generation of creatives

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Individually, they are just four AAPI creative minds. But together, they hope to inspire a whole generation.

DES MOINES, Iowa — As Asian Americans, these four creatives have a lot in common.

But each has very different stories of how they made their way through the arts and media.

Art Strength Executive Director Christine Her, named in Business Record’s 40 under 40uses art to be herself.

“When I started doing creative writing, it just amplified the songwriting and the piece of music for me. For me, it’s been a wonderful way to connect with people,” Her said.

Atlanta filmmaker Jeremy Thao has turned his craft into an outlet. He felt he was not getting the support he needed from his family.

“They desperately wanted me to get a high paying white collar job. I thought being a college failure was going to be the best thing I would ever be,” Thao said.

Thao has continued to work in the Georgian film scene for several years now. Her work has been recognized by the nonprofit Film Impact Georgia.

Last year he received a grant to direct his short film, “Wokman,to life. It is now crowdfunding to support the project.

A graphic designer, Adora Vangis grateful to have always had the support of her parents.

“I realize that growing up, my parents understood the value of creating something and profiting from it,” Vang said.

Founder of Adora Vang Drawings Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Vang has been able to navigate her way into the art world, marrying her identity as a Hmong woman with her passion for creating art.

“You don’t go to Target and see stuff about Hmong culture or art that’s inspired by who you are, and that’s one of the reasons I got into it. art so that people can show something that comes from their culture and that they can really think about it depends on who they are in their house,” she said.

She, Thao, and Vang hope to inspire young AAPIs to explore and tap into their strengths, especially as creatives.

According to Smithsonian American Art MuseumAsian American art is still vastly underrepresented.

Kamaura Kim, 19, of Des Moines, finds inspiration in her father and grandfathers and hopes to continue representing AAPI artists.

“Whether you have a great support system or not, there will always be people along the way who will accept who you are, who your art is, and all of your differences because differences are what makes art great. “, said Kim.

Individually, they are just four AAPI creative minds. But together, they hope to inspire a whole generation.

“Be proud to show yourself as yourself because a lot of people don’t and if you can do that through your art, that’s super powerful because it will speak louder than anything else,” Her said.

“Let’s be loud. Let’s make sure those kids hear us. Let’s make sure these kids know they are loved and matter,” Thao said.