Tashi Chodron, Coordinator of Adult & Academic Outreach Programs, and Harry Einhorn, part-time Rubin Museum Guide, are the hosts of a monthly Himalayan Heritage Meet Up. This is what Harry has to say about this exciting new program:
On Friday, December 6th the Rubin Museum hosted the second meeting of the newly-formed Himalayan Heritage Group in our Education Center and gallery floors. This new group is aimed at providing a space within the Museum where Himalayan people and their western friends can meet, exchange ideas, and learn from each other.
We were happy to welcome nearly twenty people at our second gathering; some of our participants were born in the west, while others hailed from Nepal, India, Bhutan, and within Tibet itself. Our group was multilingual, multicultural, and intergenerational, reflecting the diversity of Himalayan experience and those who have been influenced by it.
We all met in the Museum’s K2 lounge and headed up to the current fifth floor exhibit, “The Flip Side,” where we were treated to a bilingual tour by Tashi Chodron followed by a lively scavenger hunt. The first prize? A stuffed Yak from our shop! We then headed over to the education center where we socialized over the latest Tibetan pop music, gave out prizes, and discussed ideas for future meetings.
It was a lovely evening, with old friends catching up and new connections being made. We are excited to help it grow, provide a forum for more activities, art making, films, Tibetan language tours, and conversation. The group meets on the first Friday of the month; our next meeting is January 3rd and all are welcome!