Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The SEAD Project

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aka The Southeast Asian Diaspora Project

Minneapolis, MN


The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora) is a creative social venture organization on a mission to reimagine diaspora development. SEAD is an accessible community hub that facilitates streamlined cultural workshops, peer-to-peer exchanges and resourceful knowledge-sharing for Southeast Asian locals and diaspora communities. Through safe and welcoming spaces, we hope to connect the disconnected and drive empowerment to plant the seeds of hope and possibility locally and globally.

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Principal Officer

Chanida Potter

Main Address

1007 West Broadway Avenue The SEAD Project

Minneapolis, MN 55411 USA


Diaspora, Culture, Arts, Heritage, Education, Southeast Asia





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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The SEAD Project started with the vision of a group of Southeast Asian young professionals who wanted to not only connect with their roots and heritage, but to think bigger and beyond preservation. We’re starting a diaspora movement. To rethink and reimagine and reshape what’s possible in sustainable community development and growth for a thriving community with a pivoted focus on empowering emerging Southeast Asian leaders, women and youth.

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SEA Heritage & Culture Program

SEA Culture Pop-Up Workshops

Little Laos on the Prairie - Blog

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MISSION Started in 2010, The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora Development) is a creative social organization on a mission to be an accessible community hub that provides streamlined cross cultural workshops, exchanges and knowledge-sharing for Khmer, Hmong, Lao and Vietnamese diaspora communities. Through safe and welcoming spaces, we hope to drive empowerment to plant the seeds of hope and possibility, locally and globally. Since 2015, SEAD is a legally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Vientiane, Laos. VISION Empowering Southeast Asian diaspora communities, locally and globally.

Educational workshops, community conversations, cultural communications collateral, storytelling campaigns and community advocacy.

We're community architects. We have creative arts access, diverse and inclusive networks, in-house experts on communications, writing, community development, design-thinking, culture, public policy and more.

# of community members we engage in our work, # of participants in workshops, types and # of communication pieces produced, # of student-produced products and # reach of geographical coverage of communities in diaspora and how many respond to our work.

SEAD is the go-to hub for all community engagement, culturally-relevant storytelling and knowledge in Southeast Asian diaspora communities.

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