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About VAALA (Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association)
Founded in 1991 by a group of Vietnamese American journalists, artists and friends, Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is a community-based, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. VAALA organizes numerous cultural events such as art exhibitions, book signings, music recitals, plays, and annual events such as the Viet Film Fest and the Children's Moon Festival Art Contest. VAALA also offers year-long art and music classes.
VAALA's mission is to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese art and culture.
- To produce artistic programs that promote the vitality of Vietnamese arts and culture
- To implement the arts as an educational tool for exploring the Vietnamese experience, focusing on the diaspora
- To provide a space for artists and audiences of all backgrounds to interact in an ongoing dialogue
- To facilitate communication, tolerance and understanding among people of diverse identities
- To advocate inclusiveness by utilizing the arts to transcend boundaries both within the community and globally