Mainou Vue

My name is Mainou Vue. I am 15 years old and I currently reside in St. Paul, MN. I am an artist and photographer at In Progress. In Progress is a place for aspiring artists that are interested in learning more about photography, video work, and music. I got started with In Progress through another organization called CHAT. CHAT stands for the Center for Hmong Arts and Talents. In the summer of 2007 I took a video class at CHAT that taught me the basic skills about video work. After that experience, I was offered a chance to learn about photography at In Progress, and I, out of curiosity accepted. Since that summer of 2007 I have continued to be a part of In Progress and I am currently in my 5th year here.

At In Progress, I am now an intern, and I am soon to be one of the instructors as well for younger artists. I have become a more experienced photographer because of the skills that I have learned and I am learning to be part of the planning crew for art shows and exhibits. In Progress is a place for me that continuously teaches me something new everyday and it is a great experience.

In Progress is a life-changing place. Not only have I officially become a part of In Progress, but here I have met many other young artists and I have grown with them throughout the years. When I am here I feel like family, and without In Progress I wouldn’t know the things that I do today. I plan on being with In Progress for a very long time ahead, and the love here is something that I want to experience for the rest of my life.