||An Extravaganza of Music, Dance and Poetry
Shambhala Arts Day is a celebration of the arts held annually at Shambhala Meditation Centers across the world. Washington DC marked the occasion with an art exhibit and an extravaganza of music, dance and poetry held the evening of March 22, 2008. The evening was an auspicious one since the event was held in the center's new headquarters in Cleveland Park, a lively urban district in the nation's capital.
Before the evening event, member and friends of the center submitted their artwork to replace the customary thangkas and calligraphies. The eclectic display included Miksang-inspired photography, pottery, and abstract and figurative paintings and drawings.
The evening began with a delicious reception provided by the DC Pen Club, a group that meets once a month to share their poetry and creative writing. During the reception, guests had a chance to view artwork, take part in a collage workshop and hang out in the “Maitri” room which was outfitted with colored lights that gradually changed through the spectrum.
Guests then gathered in the shrine room to listen to a variety of performances including original songs performed on the guitar, sitar music, and a flute and drum piece. The DC Pen Club offered poetry and short stories and a delightful musical adaptation of the story of the Three Little Pigs. Deborah Riley, founder of her own dance company, offered a dance inspired by haiku and choreographed just for the event.
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