Dan Yang

In Progress artist since 2012.  Festival Organizer & Host, and now filmmaker.


1. Considering all your experience with In Progress, what is one achievement that you personally are most proud of? Why is this achievement important to you? What does it represent?: I'm most proud of being able to help coordinate the Hmong Film Festival and work with the Gordon Parks Youth Program. Both mean a lot to me because the film festival represents something that is important to my community and my personal aspirations. While the Youth program represents something that I see is lacking in many young children's lives today, and that is the ability to explore their imaginations freely.

2. What did it take for us at In Progress to achieve this accomplishment? What strengths do we have that helped us succeed?: It takes many hours of planning and many wonderful people who help donate and give grants to help us reach our goals. A strength we have is the wide group of people we target, we open our doors to anyone and everyone which is a very big plus our cause.

3. What do you think makes In Progress unique? What 2-3 things are at our very core that make us stand out from other arts programs or youth development programs?: A couple things that make IP very unique is that we offer many many services for all types of artists. We help the young artist by teaching them while at the same time we aid the older artist by giving them a chance to teach and display their skills.

4. As you think about In Progress, what do you value most? What keeps you engaged here?: InProgress gives us the chance to create something from our dreams, often times we are not given that chance enough or maybe can't afford the possibility to pursue them. IP gives us that chance at little to no cost for everyone. That's what I value most, having the possibility to do what we would like to.

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