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Chinese Cultural Artists Who Work in K-12 Communities

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater

Mission/Description: “CAAM Chinese Dance Theater is dedicated to preserving and celebrating our Chinese cultural heritage through the universal language of dance. We strive to maintain a dance school for youth and community development and to create a professional dance theater of national stature to enrich the cultural life of all Minnesotans.”

Upcoming Programming: Produces an annual dance performance at O'Shaughnessy theater around the time of Chinese New Year.

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Outreach: Lili Teng, 651-774-0806


Mission/Description: “COMPAS strengthens people and communities in Minnesota by engaging them in creating art.”

Upcoming Programming: COMPAS represents a diverse range of artists who perform and teach in schools. Their rosters include several Chinese artists and Chinese cultural programs including:

  • CAAM – Lucky Lion & Red Ribbons performance and cultural workshops
  • Rhonda Lund & Zhang Ying – Dragons, Flutes and Monkeys performance
  • Rhonda Lund – Monkey King and Chinese Culture residencies
  • Annie Katsura Rollins – Do It Yourself Chinese Shadow Puppetry workshops

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Outreach: Nicole Buchholz, 651-292-3399 or e-mail through the COMPAS web site.

Gao Hong

Mission/Description: Gao Hong is a Chinese musical prodigy and master of the pear-shaped lute, the pipa. CDs of her music are available through her web site.

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Outreach: Gao Hong at

Ha Family Entertainment

Mission/Description: The Ha Family Lion Troupe does a lively and exciting traditional lion dance with percussion. Additional programs are available.

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Outreach: 651-481-8789 or

Laughing Waters Studio

Mission/Description: For over 40 years, instructor Bob Schmitt has been using ink and brush in the manner of Asian sumi-e (black ink) painters. He has trained professionally since 1998 in the study and practice of traditional Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy with Hong Zhang, a Chinese painting master from Shanghai who resides in Minneapolis. He also has studied with Chinese painting masters, Lok Tok and Yitong Lok of Toronto, Canada since 1995. Bob offers instruction with the endorsement of these three painters. Bob is also a former Early Childhood/Family Education instructor and a trained Montessori teacher. Laughing Waters Studio provides weekly classes as well as special events and workshops.

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Mission/Description: “The Minneapolis Institute of Arts enriches the community by collecting, preserving and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures.”

Upcoming Exhibit: China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy, open Sunday, October 28, 2012 through Sunday, January 20, 2013.

The Chinese Collection: The MIA has a strong collection of Chinese art that is always on display. Admission is free and tours can be arranged for school groups. More information about tours is available online or by calling 612-870-3140.

Educational Tours:

  • On Dragon’s Wings: Arts of China
  • Steeped in Tradition: Arts of China and Japan
  • A Taste of Asia

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Minnesota International Lion Dance Association

Mission/Description: Specializing in grand openings, parades, weddings, birthdays, cultural events, Chinese New Year and sporting events.

Outreach: Alonzo (763-221-2081) or Dan (612-702-2436) or

Stages Theatre Company

Mission/Description: “Stages Theatre Company is committed to the enrichment and education of children and youth in a professional theatre environment that stimulates artistic excellence and personal growth.”

Upcoming Programming: Production of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, based on the Newbery Honors book by Grace Lin, runs April 27 through May 20, 2012

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Steppingstone Theater for Youth Development

Mission/Description: “To develop the whole child by using educational theatre programs, and fully staged productions to build self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of community while celebrating diversity in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere.”

Upcoming Programming: No Chinese-related programming during 2011-12 season

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Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center

Mission/Description: “Established in 2002, the Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center is a non-profit performing arts and educational organization with the goal of promoting the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture.”

Upcoming Programming: Teaches Chinese dance and martial arts classes; Produces an annual Chinese New Year celebration performance.

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