Counselor for Public Affairs Pam DeVolder joining the event

With the theme “Clean Environment – Green Planet,” this project will be completed by January 15, 2021 to mark the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam relations.

This environment-focused mural was jointly designed by Vietnamese-American artist Christine Nguyen and four Vietnamese female artists led by artist Ta Thu Huong of ABC. Covering an area of approximately 100 square meters, the mural seeks to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment by featuring vividly painted fauna and flora.

At the launch event, Counselor for Public Affairs Pam DeVolder stated that despite logistical difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, “American and Vietnamese artists collaborated virtually to finalize the design and successfully bring the project to fruition.” She also said that the mural is another concrete example of the United States’ steadfast resolve to work with Vietnam in raising awareness about the need to protect the environment. Raising awareness is also part of a broader U.S. strategy to combat illegal wildlife crime in Vietnam. Through our International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Program, and USAID, the United States provides more than $30 million dollars each year to reduce consumer demand, strengthen wildlife law enforcement and prosecution, and improve the legal framework for combating wildlife crime.

Team members

Pam DeVolder also joined Vietnamese artists and members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) in painting the mural project’s first strokes. Against the backdrop of the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam relations, this joint project serves to highlight the deepening U.S.-Vietnam partnership and the ever-expanding people-to-people ties that exist between the United States and Vietnam.

“ABC” is short for Arts Build Communities, which is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 by Ta Thi Thu Huong (Hanoi) and Nguyen Thanh Tuyen (Ho Chi Minh City). The NGO's goal is to encourage organizations and individuals to participate in the renovation of infrastructurally degraded public spaces in Hanoi through 3D painting.  ABC’s realistic and vividly painted artwork tends to focus on issues related to environmental protection and climate change, and can be seen around Hanoi and in other parts of Vietnam.

Reported by Song Anh