Traditional Dance Program
LCC has a dance performance team. We have been instructing young dancers to learn traditional Lao dance routines for over a 10 years. Our students range from 3 to 19 years old. Students learn traditional ways of Lao dance, posture, balance, gestures, poise, teamwork, hair dressing, and cultural clothing. The classes are free and open to the public.
LCC Oral Stories & Digital Storytelling Project helps create community dialogue and interaction to capture the stories from the people of the Lao community to help us document the preservation of customs, traditions and history. With the help from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, LCC was able to embark on beginning to collect and share the Stories of the Lao people in RI.
Traditional Music Program
LCC teaches students to learn to play traditional Lao songs and melodies through different traditional instruments. We provide the learning tools, practice guide, music notation booklet for songs. Our students perform to individual music or combinations of different instruments to play songs in unison. The classes are free and open to the public.
Lao Culture Summer Camp
LCC sponsors young Lao American students to attend Traditional Lao Culture Camp in the Washington, D.C. with nationally based Lao Heritage Foundation. Master Instructors teach our youth Lao culture through music, dance, language, identity, food, theater, arts and crafts, etiquette, sports and history.
Annual Lao New Year Festival
Lao New Year is one of the most anticipated and important celebrations in the Lao Community. In RI, the annual festival has been a tradition for more than 25 years attracting over 3000 attendees from across the New England area of the 2 day weekend festivities. LCC helps coordinate and organize the volunteers for cultural performances performed by youth.
Asian Youth Talent Show
LCC encourages the Asian youth to explore their artistic talents and showcase to the public. It is an energetic night of breakdancing, hip-hop, solo acts, monologues, singing, musical talents, etc. There are raffles and cash prize awards. Coming soon in May 2015.
Education Scholarship Program
LCC believes in investing in our future leaders and community service. Applicants are required to complete a written application and essay to describe their contribution to the Lao community in order to be considered for scholarship award. This encourages youth to be more engaging and proactive in committing to community service. LCC awards yearly scholarships to assist youth towards college tuition.
Teach the Teachers Program collaboration with Lao Heritage Foundation
LCC is participating in Lao Heritage Foundation’s “Teach the Teachers” program. It is an effort to make traditional Lao music accessible across the United States. We collaborate with national non-profit organization called Lao Heritage Foundation in an international residency program with Traditional Lao Music Masters. The traveling trainees is instructed to teach, learn to read notation, notate music by sound that is used in different states across the nation. The program will continue with successful implementation of a student teachers assisting Master Music Instructor in the Annual Lao Art & Culture Summer Camp.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts helps support the Laotian Community Center programs with state tax dollars and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Oral Stories program of the Laotian Community Center of RI was developed with the help of The Rhode Island State Council for the Humanities.