1995: VAALA's Board of Directors Khoa Van Le, Dieu Dinh Le and Minh Phu Pham present “Project 20,” a series of artistic events taking place across the U.S. to commemorate the 20th anniversary exodus of Vietnamese refugees to the United States.

VAALA was founded in 1991 by a group of Vietnamese American journalists, artists, and friends to fill a void and provide a space for artists to express themselves as a newly resettled immigrant community. The original mission of VAALA was to support Southeast artists, with an emphasis on Vietnamese literature and visual arts. VAALA is a community-based non-profit organization historically run entirely by volunteers. Over the years, VAALA has collaborated with diverse community partners to organize numerous cultural events to connect and enrich communities. These events have included art exhibitions, book signings, music recitals, plays, and annual events such as the Viet Film Fest and the Children’s Moon Festival Art Contest.

VAALA's mission is to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese art and culture.



We believe in creating an inclusive and progressive community that nurtures safe spaces, representation, and belonging. We recognize that the arts can be a powerful platform for promoting connectedness and enhancing our lives.

Cross-Cultural Enrichment

We respect the diversity and complexity of our community at large. We believe in sharing our culture as well as welcoming other cultures through our programs as a bridge for increasing mutual understanding.


We believe in creating a trusting environment that fosters communication and upholds honesty and transparency within and outside the organization. Through open dialogue grounded in mutual respect, we can build a more sustainable future.

Collaboration and Partnership

We believe in creating a space for collaboration, both inside and outside the organization, in order to foster an environment of camaraderie and team-building. Through developing and maintaining strong partnerships, VAALA provides connections within and outside the Vietnamese American community. These strategic partnerships invite multiple perspectives, strengthen our programs, and broaden our reach.

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