Celebrate the healing power of art and community and find peace, love, creative expression, and Asian art. Take part in Journeyman Inc.’s spoken word experience that transcends cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul. If poetry isn’t relaxing enough, learn the fundamentals of Asian herbs, massage and more throughout the evening. As Buddha tells us, “Peace comes from within.”
Download the full schedule here: Peace, Love Asia Schedule
GONGFU TEA CEREMONY & SAMPLING
6–10 PM | Jade Room, 2nd Floor
The gongfu tea ceremony is also known as the Chinese tea ceremony. It is a Chinese cultural activity involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea. The original term gongfu cha literally means “making tea with effort.” Today, the approach is used popularly by teashops carrying tea of Chinese or Taiwan origins, and by tea connoisseurs as a way to maximize the taste of a tea selection, especially a finer one. Enjoy an authentic gongfu tea ceremony and sampling provided by Kyle Stewart with The Cultured Cup.
ART ACTIVITY: BAMBOO POTTING
6–10 PM | West Plaza
Bamboo has long been the Chinese symbol for strength. Many admire the bamboo’s qualities of fast-growth and resilience. In Chinese, lucky bamboo is known as fu gwey zhu (fu: luck and fortune, gwey: power and honor, zhu: bamboo). The meaning of lucky bamboo plays an important role as a living example of the feng shui elements of water, wood and earth. Take a little feng shui home with you by learning how to plant and care for your very own lucky bamboo.
ART ACTIVITY: GYOTAKU
6–10 PM | West Balcony
Gyotaku, from gyo “fish” and taku “rubbing,” is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also became an artform on its own. Using fish molds, create your own gyotaku print to commemorate your prize catch here at the Crow.
WRITING ACTIVITY: HAIKU
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. In honor of National Poetry Month, become your own haiku poet and learn how to master this poetic form using a piece from our collection as your inspiration.
ART ACTIVITY: PAPER MARIGOLD FLOWERS
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Marigold flowers are made up of multiple layers of overlapping petals with the petals getting smaller and more condensed towards the flowers center, similar to that of a carnation. The blooms may be single or double colored and can be varying hues of yellow, orange, red and maroon. In India, marigolds symbolize passion and creativity. It is known as the ‘Herb of the Sun’ and symbolizes a trust in the divine and a will to overcome obstacles. This is also why the flower assumes such importance on Vijayadashami, the day Lord Rama prevalied over Ravana, a victory of good over evil. Show your creative side while arranging tissue paper to make your own marigold.
PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE BOOKER T. WASHINGTON FREE TIBET CLUB
6–11 PM | East Balcony
The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Free Tibet Club is a cultural exchange-based group of students who use printmaking primarily as a means to fund education and sponsorship of Tibetan children, Drepung Monks, and schools in and outside of China. The students have designed prints that symbolize Peace, Love and Asia and will be printing their woodcuts on shirts and posters. Stop by and get a one of kind Peace, Love, Asia shirt for $5 or a poster for $3.
7–8 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Guzheng is a traditional Chinese plucked zither, or musical string instrument. The guzheng is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese dàn tranh. Among all Chinese traditional musical instruments, guzheng has the most beautiful sounds. Enjoy the beautiful melodies of a Chinese harp performed by Anita Hu.
PERFORMANCE: JOURNEYMAN INK
8 PM & 9:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Will Richey and Alejandro Perez, Jr. (AP) engage audiences with their infectious and kinesthetic call and response approach to the art of Spoken Word as expressed through original stories, poetry, and song. Their mastery of the “Melody Memory Method”, known for its low risk/high success effects and interactive “see it, say it, do it” style, invites the crowd to become an instrument themselves through various rhythms and vocalized mantras. Their dynamic connection is not only shared through their Puerto Rican heritage, but in their desire to cross cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul. They are the founders of DaVerse Lounge, were featured on the TEDxSMU 2013 stage, and have been nominated for a Dallas MasterMind Award for Innovation of Art and Culture in North Texas. Take part in Journeyman Ink’s spoken word experience, which transcends cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul.
Join Dr. George Saliba, professor of Arabic and Islamic science at Columbia University, for a talk focused on the ritual of Islamic prayers (which believers have to perform five times a day) and the fact that those prayers are all defined by the interplay between light and shadows. From the dawn prayer, before sunrise, to the dusk prayer, before the stars become visible, as well as the noon and afternoon prayers, which are defined by the length of shadows on the ground, light and shadows play a crucial role in determining the times of these prayers.
After 3:00 p.m. the day of the event, tickets will no longer be available online, but can be purchased at the Visitor Services Desks at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Celebrate a month of special holidays and unique festivals from across the Asian continent. Commemorate the birthday of Buddha by stenciling your favorite Buddhist mantra, or saying, onto a scratch board. Enjoy performances by the Dallas Kiyari Daiko and engage in lectures on Japanese culture, in celebration of Japan’s annual “Golden Week.” Lastly, don’t forget to write a wish and hang it on our wish tree as a symbol of good fortune. “May” all your wishes come true!
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: WISHING TREE
6–10 PM | East Plaza
A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess fulfillment of a wish. Join us in creating our own Wish Tree. Tie a small piece of paper to a branch, watch it flutter in the wind, and wait to see what the future holds.
ART ACTIVITY: INCENSE HOLDERS
6–10 PM | East Balcony
Incense is an aromatic stick or cone usually made of an herb or plant that is burned to release a delightful scent. While sometimes used in religious services or lit as an offering, incense is also a common sight around any home outside of its religious context. Decorate a beautiful wooden incense holder with designs and stencils to bring back to use in your own home and enjoy a complimentary incense stick as well!
ART ACTIVITY: MANTRA SCRATCH BOARDS
6–10 PM | West Balcony
A mantra is a sacred phrase or word that is repeated by an individual to invoke blessings and bring one’s mind into focus. In Buddhism, oftentimes mantras are tied to a specific deity or bodhisattva, such as Avalokiteshvara or Tara. By repeating the syllables, an individual utilizes the prayer to bring oneself closer to that deity; thereby developing the positive attributes of that deity, such as compassion or wisdom. In this way one comes closer to enlightenment. The three mantras today are those of Avalokitesvara, Green Tara, and Manjusri. Choose one and create it in beautiful color on a scratch board to take home and bring blessings and peace into your life!
ART ACTIVITY: MALA BEAD BRACELETS
6–10 PM | Plaza Fountain
Create a set of mala-like beads out of clay that can be used for keeping count and staying focused while reciting, chanting, or repeating a mantra during meditation. Malas are typically made of wood or seeds and strung with various number of beads depending on the selected mantra and practice.
PERFORMANCE: JAPANESE TAIKO DRUM ENSEMBLE WITH DALLAS KIYARI DAIKO
7–8 PM | Plaza Fountain
Taiko is a traditional Japanese drum. In ancient Japan, the Taiko was the symbol of the rural community, and originally, it was played as a ceremonial instrument in Shinto shrines. In recent years, however, taiko’s unique beats and rhythms can be heard on stages all over the world. The Dallas Kiyari Daiko was organized in 1992, after Mr. Yoshikazu Fujimoto, leader of the world famous “Kodo” Taiko Group, from Sado, Japan, presented a workshop at SMU in Dallas. Come and hear this exciting instrument and enjoy its thrilling beat!
DEMONSTRATION: CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING BY TAO ARTS
7-9 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Artists from TAO Arts will demonstrate traditional Chinese brush painting featuring flowers, animals, and landscapes. The Association of Oriental (TAO) Arts was founded in 1977 to help preserve and provide instruction on traditional Chinese and Sumi-e brush painting, and to educate the public about the ancient art form.
SCREENING: PLEASE VOTE FOR ME
8:00 PM & 10:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Please Vote for Me is a 2007 documentary film following the elections for class monitor in a 3rd grade class of eight-year-old children in the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China. The candidates, Luo Lei, Xu Xiaofei, and Cheng Cheng, compete against each other for the coveted role and are egged on by their teachers and doting parents. This was reported to be the first election of its type for a class monitor held in a school in China, as well as an interesting use of classic democratic voting principles and interpersonal dynamics. The documentary gives a glimpse into China’s contemporary urban middle classes. It won the Sterling Feature Award at Silverdocs in 2007. In November 2007, Please Vote for Me was named by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of 15 films on its documentary feature Oscar shortlist.
PERFORMANCE: LION DANCE BY JK WONG ACADEMY
9:30 PM | Sculpture Garden
Lion Dance embraces the beauty, art, culture, traditions, and history of China. A good performance is believed to bring luck and happiness. Gestures and movements that closely mimic the emotions of the mystical animal tells the story behind the performance. Emotions and expressions portrayed by the dancers include excitement, caution, curiosity, playful, anger, sleepiness, confusion, happiness and sadness, to name a few. Join us for a two-lion dance throughout our breathtaking Sculpture Garden that is sure to bring you luck and good fortune throughout the year.
6:30 p.m. | Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7 p.m. | Lecture
Join us for a special lecture on cultivating mindfulness in your child. Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child, will discuss the transformative power of mindful awareness.
In her lecture, she shares specific techniques and activities that help kids, parents, and professionals become more mindful and develop confidence, concentration, and the ability to regulate emotions. Greenland is the co-founder of the Inner Kids Foundation, which brought mindful awareness to under-served schools and neighborhoods in Los Angeles from 2000 until 2009.
Presented by the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Momentous Institute.
Thanks to our Host Committee for helping us spread the word:
Grady Calloway, DPT
Jennifer Cather, MD
Margaret Christensen, MD
Sarah Cotton Nelson
Sandy Gluckman, PhD
Irene Kusin, MPH, RDN
Carolyn Matthews, MD
Cinda McDonald, MEd, CCLS
Wendy Palmer, LCSW
Diane Snow, PhD, RN
Sunita Stewart, PhD
Louisa Lim, Beijing Correspondent for National Public Radio, appears in partnership with the World Affairs Council of DFW.
Years before basketball diplomat and former Dallas resident Dennis Rodman went to North Korea, NPR foreign correspondent Louisa Lim was already there and giving listeners a look at life inside “one of the least-visited countries on earth.”
That was a severely state-controlled visit in 2009. Now the veteran broadcaster is focused on secrets kept by one of the world’s more increasingly open nations, China. Based in Beijing, she has reported on current events throughout the region and also won praise for her stories on the rebirth of popular religion, stifled during Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
In her latest undertaking, Lim examined a significant event — only a quarter of a century ago — in Chinese history and the result is her latest book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited. Details of that June 4, 1989, event, when unarmed protesters were overwhelmed by the People’s Army in Tiananmen Square, have long been buried by official China. But author Lim reveals the personal nature of the legacy of Tiananmen by telling the stories of eight people whose lives were reshaped by the protests and the response.
Lim, whose career in journalism includes opening NPR’s Shanghai bureau in 2006, was part of NPR teams that won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Peabody Award and two Edward R. Murrow awards for coverage of 2008 events, the Sichuan earthquake and Beijing Olympics. She has also received a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award.
Be inspired by the large-scale paintings created by renowned contemporary artist and choreographer Shen Wei. This series of mysterious paintings is sure to evoke curiosity and creativity. Show off your painting skills with watercolors and discover the artist within you. Watch Chinese paper-cutting demonstrations and be amazed by the complexity of this ancient Chinese tradition. Finish the night off with an authentic Chinese beer tasting.
DEMONSTRATION: CHINESE PAPER CUTTING WITH THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE
6–8 PM | Jade Room, 2nd floor
Paper cutting originated in China after the invention of paper around 100 BC. It is the art of creating patterns, designs or pictures using scissors to cut paper in various ways. Because the cut outs are also used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to as window flowers. Join the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas in a demonstration of this beautiful and intricate art form.
SCULPTURE GARDEN SCAVENGER HUNT
6-8 PM | Sculpture Garden
Get to know our new Sculpture Garden with a scavenger hunt that will offer a few surprises and even a prize.
ART ACTIVITY: SUMMER SOLSTICE FANS
6–8 PM | Flora Fountain
June 21st is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and marks the beginning of summer for the earth north of the equator. Beat the heat and join us for fan making that represent the four elements, earth, wind, fire and water.
ART ACTIVITY: POP-UP LANDSCAPE
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
Just as Shen Wei uses his multiple art forms to create ever-changing, expansive landscape, so can you. Color and decorate your own 2D landscape to take home.
ART ACTIVITY: PRINT AND PAINTING INSPIRED BY SHEN WEI
6–10 PM | East Balcony
Experience our new exhibition, Shen Wei, which features large-scale, contemporary compositions
in black, white, and gray. The shapes and textures can, in places, appear to resemble elements of a landscape—jagged rocks, rushing water, imposing clouds, and elusive figures and animals. Come let your inner artist play and create your own grayscale composition using water, ink and paint.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: SUMMER SOLSTICE MURAL
6–10 PM | Flora Street
Gallery Educator, Randy Guthmiller, will create a community mural inspired by the Summer Solstice. There will be cardboard shapes wrapped in bubble wrap which when dipped in latex paint and pressed to the art board create a unique and beautiful homage to Summer!
SHEN WEI PHOTO EXPERIENCE
6-10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
Take a step into Shen Wei’s own studio and surround yourself with his larger than life paintings. Take a photo in front of a custom backdrop commemorating your visit with the one and only Shen Wei.
GAMES: CAT’S CRADLE, DIABOLO JUGGLING, HOOP ROLLING AND SHUTTLECOCK
6-10 PM | Flora Street
In Cat’s Cradle, players make shapes with string and pass them back and forth to make different kinds of string figures. Evolved from the Chinese yo-yo, Diabolo Juggling is a game played by pulling the string and turning the axle repeatedly to make the diabolo rotate faster. Hoop rolling is both a sport and a game, in which a large hoop is rolled along the ground by means of an implement wielded by the player. As for Shuttlecock, Jianzi in Chinese, players aim to keep a heavily weighted shuttlecock in the air by using their bodies, apart from the hands. Learn how to play these traditional Chinese games and may the odds be ever in your favor.
7:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Join a Crow Collection Gallery Educator for the start of a progressive tour through the Arts District. Tours begin at the Crow Collection and continue to the Dallas Museum of Art at 8:00PM and the Nasher at 8:30PM.
PERFORMANCE: LION DANCE WITH LEE’S SNOW LEOPARD KUNG FU ACADEMY
7:30 PM | Flora Fountain
Lion Dance embraces the beauty, art, culture, traditions, and history of China. A good performance is believed to bring luck and happiness.To kick off the summer solstice parade, join us for a musical and theatrical feast, including a two-person lion dance, percussions, drums and even a gong.
8:30 PM | Link Asia, 2nd floor
Join a Crow Collection Gallery Educator for a unique tour experience that includes an activity in the galleries, while learning about a work of art from the collection or exhibit.
SCREENING: BEIJING OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SEGMENT “SCROLL”
9:00 PM & 10:00 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor Shen Wei choreographed “Scroll” for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as part the opening segment. The artists performed a dance while leaving their trails on a scroll of white paper, reminiscent of Chinese ink and wash painting. Enjoy this beautiful work of art that is a true testament to the a multi-faceted artist that is Shen Wei.
CHINESE BEER TASTING
9 – 11 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Explore the different tastes and flavors in a variety of Chinese beers. Supplies are limited. Must show proof of age to be served alcohol.