The participatory Circle Painting event and Afternoon Tea at the Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive (OC & SEAA) Center on May 18, 2015 brought the UC Irvine campus community together for a fun, interactive art-making experience. Organized in partnership with the Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UC Irvine and funded by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Art & Culture Initiative, the Circle Painting activity was led by Master Artist Hiep Nguyen. Hiep Nguyen developed Circle Painting in 2007 to engage diverse groups in collaboration and community-building. Among those present were students from the History department, Asian American Studies department, Southeast Asian Student Association, and passers-by who were inspired to join in on the fun. Several faculty and staff members also joined, including Nancy Warzer-Brady of UCI Extension and the director the of the Student Outreach and Retention Center, Graciela Fernandez, and UCI Libraries staff. Participants painted amidst lively drumming and positive encouragement from others. After the art activity, participants were invited to explore the OC & SEAA Center and enjoy Afternoon Tea, sponsored by Our 1 World, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable living.
Faculty organizer: Trahm Le, Asian American Studies, plus Langson Library.