Hmong Tradition Inspires Skyline Mini Golf at the Walker

The rooftop mini-golf course is set to reopen in May, and a new hole comes by way of some young designers with the Asian American Organizing Project

Courtesy of the Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center brings its popular selection of putt-putt art projects back to the contemporary art museum this summer, starting May 20.

The 10-hole, artist-designed mini-golf course enters its 15th year with a new hole inspired by the Hmong history of paj ntaub. Pronounced “pan dow,” this tradition of cloth embroidery has served different purposes over thousands of years, from the narratively historical to the more traditionally aesthetic. (Learn more here.)

The Walker tapped a local high school–age cohort to create the design. The Youth Action Team spends the school year leading projects and building social consciousness around Minnesota’s Asian community through the St. Paul-based Asian American Organizing Project.

A press release from the Walker states that the artists wanted the design, called Always Have Been Sewn, to “paint a picture of things that Hmong people have shared with communities. Throughout the design, you’ll find people gathered together, showing their cooperation. It also features activities Hmong people like to do with their friends, family, or individually, such as gardening and fishing.” The teens were advised by local artist Pao Houa Her (who recently showcased her work at New York’s prestigious Whitney Biennial).

To design two new holes for the course last year, Skyline Mini Golf worked with Native Youth Arts Collective, an arts group based in the Little Earth community. The resulting “Turtle Pond” and “Dream Catcher” return this year, as well.

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