Oskar is a Community Organizer and Project Consultant.
ArtCrop is a social enterprise to support Hmong artists, farmers and cultural makers through the Community Support Agriculture/Art model (CSA).
Role: Artist Organizer - Curated and coordinated artist-led activities that engaged community residents.
ARTIFY was a yearlong project that sought to engage residents through local artists projects sparking conversations, creating and sharing a sense of place on the theme of home; “Home is…” what makes a place feel like home?
The initiative connected arts and local resources in preparation of a new housing development owned by Project for Pride in Living, located on the 1300th block of University Avenue, between Hamline and Syndicate in St. Paul on the Metro Transit Green Line Central Corridor.
The site is home to 108 new units, a place that many now call “home.”
Projects were developed and led by local artists to engage the site and nearby residents and community, organized by Ly.
Role: Artist Organizer - Led key initiatives to establish Little Mekong Cultural and Business District as a destination for visitors and locals alike through special arts & culture events, programming and partnerships.
Arts & culture were thoughtfully incorporated throughout the annual Little Mekong Night Markets and MANIFEST (pop-up arts & culture) along with special events and initiatives like Artists Happy Hours, Little Mekong Plaza and a renewed Artist Advisory council. Oskar also launched the Little Mekong online community group and initiated efforts to support creative entrepreneurship development.
Role: Artist Organizer - Led team of Artist Organizers to conduct the community design process (architectural design sessions). Oskar's role was to guide the AO team in creating and implementing a series of community events and programming. Over the summer of 2015, the project brought over 100 community members togethers to help reimagine, shape and celebrate the future of the historical theater into architectural renderings.
The Victoria Theater Arts Initiative is a diverse group of Frogtown Community Members & Supporters from all walks of life working together to revitalize the historic Victoria Theater building and adjacent neighborhood located in St Paul.