Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 4, 2011.


Help us develop and maintain artistic programs and events for the community at VAALA Cultural Center, Santa Ana, CA.

VAALA needs your help!

Established in 1991, VAALA (Vietnamese Arts & Letters Association) is a non-profit arts organization located in southern California. We provide free events like the Moon Festival, art exhibits like FOB I and II, and literary readings with major writers like Andrew Lam and Monique Truong. We collaborate with Common Ground in order to serve as a space for poetry readings and performances. We provide free art and puppetry classes. We work with institutions like UC Irvine, UCLA, and Bowers Museums to provide the community with entertaining, informative films through the biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF). Every year thousands of people come and participate in our events. 

In order for us to continue serving the community, however, we need your help.

Our $5000.00 campaign on kickstarter aims to raise funds for basic essentials like:
1) electrical work
2) paint
3) maintenance
4) lighting
5) sound equipment
6) a movable stage

Also, for an exciting art exhibit called "Marvelous Metaphors: Art as Visual Poetry" and curated by Thuy N.D. Tran, we will need donations for all of these things as well as for the opening and closing night receptions.

Basically, we need your help in keeping VAALA a vibrant community space!

Please donate what you can. Every little bit helps.  And please continue to give during the 2-month duration we are here on kickstarter, as our needs for VAALA's Cultural Center are ongoing.

We appreciate your support and we thank you for taking the time to watch our video. Most of all, we thank you for your donations. We hope to see you at "Marvelous Metaphors: Art as Visual Poetry" at the VAALA Cultural Center on August 26, 2011.

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    Electronic thank-you card and ViFF (Vietnamese International Film Festival) T-shirt

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    Same as $20 level and acknowledgement on VAALA’s website and Facebook

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    7 backers

    Same as $50 level and a DVD of a collection of short films from ViFF (Vietnamese International Film Festival)

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    2 backers

    Same as $100 and CD Tình Yêu Lên Ngôi, love songs by Phạm Anh Dũng featuring Ý Lan, Tuấn Ngọc, Bảo Yến and more

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    Same as $150 and a Để Mai Tính (Fool for Love) DVD, directed by Charlie Nguyen, starring Dustin Nguyen, Kathy Uyen, Thai Hoa

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    Same as $150 and a photography book The Forgotten Ones by Brian Doan. The book is a documentation on the last Vietnamese refugees in the Philippines in the early 1990s.

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    Same as $300 and Bitter in the Mouth, a novel written by award-winning writer Monique Truong

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    Same as $500 and name of the sponsor engraved on the Donor’s Tree at VAALA Cultural Center

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    Same as $1000 and one of the last five copies of Nghệ Thuật Tạo Hình Việt Nam Hiện Đại (The Contemporary Visual Art of Vietnam) by art critic Huỳnh Hữu Ủy.

Funding period

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