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Many began to rebuild their lives in the United States, with over 230,000 Lao, including Tai Dam, Khmu, Iu Mien, Lue, and over 260,000 Hmong.

Lao American theatre artist and poet Kaysone Syonesa also provided key support for the project and performances across the globe.

Initially planned for a physical exhibit at Indigenous Roots in St. Paul during 2020, the exhibit was ultimately moved online because so many members of their community are in high-risk groups during the pandemic.

Community conversations were held on various social media platforms using the #Laomagination45 hashtag and the main exhibit can be viewed at

The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has awarded $3.7 million to commission 69 new works since the program started in 2003.

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