Dorchester cohort check-in by Ngoc-Tran Vu

We had a check-in meeting today. Storyteller Valerie Stephens, Writer and Project Manager Denise Delgado, and I gave updates on our Creative City projects and shared our on-going challenges as well as progresses over some great Vietnamese food. Fun fact: this Phở Hòa Restaurant is where the mural project will be at on the big wall of the right side of its main entrance. Thank you ladies for a wonderful and fruitful lunch!

All artists meeting with Valerie Stephens, Tran Vu, and Denise Delgado at Phở Hoà Restaurant.

All artists meeting with Valerie Stephens, Tran Vu, and Denise Delgado at Phở Hoà Restaurant.

Second Artists' Meeting by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Workshopping our ideas. (Photo: Sky)

Workshopping our ideas. (Photo: Sky)

Left to right: Tony Vũ, Tâm Le, Kathy Le, Tran Vu, and Justin Nguyen. (Photo: Sky)

Left to right: Tony Vũ, Tâm Le, Kathy Le, Tran Vu, and Justin Nguyen. (Photo: Sky)

Today at Reign Lab Drink in Fields Corner, we workshopped our ideas and designs. We narrowed down the main themes of the mural to be: Vietnamese Presence, Unity, and Brighter Future where we further talked about symbolisms. We wanted represented major symbols that would relate the community in the project, itself. In the following week, we will meet again on, Wednesday, to continue prepare for our big design presentation, at the first Steering Committee meeting on Saturday, July 1st.

First Artists' Meeting! by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Left to right: Tony Vu, Kathy Le, Tran Vu, and Justin Nguyen on webcam. (Photo: Liz Bishop)

Left to right: Tony Vu, Kathy Le, Tran Vu, and Justin Nguyen on webcam. (Photo: Liz Bishop)

Woohoo! We got the project started and on the road! We approached with our first meeting today, with local Vietnamese youth artists, at the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), located in VietAID Community Center, in Dorchester. We've brainstormed some ideas and sketches out preliminaries images to talk about as our starting blocks. Justin was out of town, physically, but was able to meet virally through his webcam to join in our first artist meeting.

We are looking for more Steering Committee Members in the Project! by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Are you a Dorchester resident or connected to the neighborhood in some way? Do you want to participate and support a community-collaborative mural project? Are you able to attend all of the following meeting dates and big event? 

Saturday, July 1st 3-6pm                                                                                                             Saturday, August 5th 3-6pm                                                                                                           Saturday, September 2nd 12-3pm                                                                                                 Mural's Opening Party: Saturday, September 30th (TBA time)

If yes to all of these questions, please let us know asap! We want to hear from you.

Info Session Action! by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Thank you everyone who came out for the info session today and for Tam for generously hosting us at Reign Lab Drink! What insightful and fruitful conversations we had for two hours. In addition, please help us spread the word about the Mural Project and ways to participate below:

  1. Join the Steering Committee
  2. Join the Artists crew
  3. Support the project overall
Attendees in talks at Reign Lab Drink. (Photo: Tommy Nguyen)

Attendees in talks at Reign Lab Drink. (Photo: Tommy Nguyen)

Attendees in discussions. (Photo: Tommy Nguyen)

Attendees in discussions. (Photo: Tommy Nguyen)

Project's Info Session by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Our info session will be happening this Saturday! Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors to come and learn more about the project and how to get involved.

(Flyer: Kathy Le)

(Flyer: Kathy Le)

NEFA's Creative City Artist by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Woohoo my new cards for the project is on its way to the printer and will be coming out soon! It will be available in local public spaces in Fields Corner and Dorchester. Feel free to email me or Kathy if you would like one.

[Frontside of postcard] Photo: Richie Leng, Art: Daniel Villafaña

[Frontside of postcard] Photo: Richie Leng, Art: Daniel Villafaña

[Backside of postcard]

[Backside of postcard]

Our weekly meeting by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Kathy and I meet weekly to plan for the project over bubble tea in Fields Corner. In today's meeting at CocoLeaf in Fields Corner, we have a few guests including Kevin Lam and Jeannie Do from AARW, the project's Community Partner, and Tony Vu, a local college student who's interested in supporting the project.

Back row from left: Kevin Lam and Tony Vu; Front row from left: Jeannie Do and Tran Vu. (Photo: Kathy Le)

Back row from left: Kevin Lam and Tony Vu; Front row from left: Jeannie Do and Tran Vu. (Photo: Kathy Le)

Creative City's 4th Cohort Gathering by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Creative City's fourth cohort of Boston artists. (Photo courtesy: NEFA)

Creative City's fourth cohort of Boston artists. (Photo courtesy: NEFA)

We met today and shared about our work with one another as well as got connected to the wealth of information, resources, and guides for our projects. Congrats to all the Creative City grantees and I look forward to getting to know everyone and their practices more! So exciting! 

Meet my new project assistant Kathy Le! by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Meet Kathy Le. (Photo Courtesy: Kathy Le)

Meet Kathy Le. (Photo Courtesy: Kathy Le)

Kathy Le is a 17 years old Vietnamese American who attends Boston Latin Academy as a junior. Her extra-curricular activities include volleyball, being the art director and now president for the Asian Student Association Club. Kathy has grown up in Dorchester for most of her life and she's glad to be a part of the project and share her ideas.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the project, please reach out to Kathy, at le.k.bla312@gmail.com. 

I am super excited to have Kathy join the mural project and I look forward to working with her! Welcome to the team :D