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I am honored to be co-chairing a 3 ½-day summit with His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama, to be held in India beginning Oct. 28, 2018. I am very fortunate to have as my co-chairs Ngodup Tsering, U.S. Representative for the Office of Tibet and Elif Gokcigdem, founder of the Empathy-Building Through Museums Initiative. The 30-member delegation consists of museum and multidisciplinary experts from throughout North America. Our topic is “Fostering Compassion and Universal Ethics Through Museums”. With over 35,000 museums in North America this gathering provides an extraordinary opportunity to leverage the group’s collective wisdom in identifying and propagating best practices.

Summit Letterhead

It was a tremendous honor for the Honorable Mayor Nancy McFarlane and myself to represent North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh, during a private audience with The Dalai Lama at His World Headquarters in Dharamsala, India. We are very pleased His Holiness is considering a visit when He resumes traveling to the United States.

The 14th Dalai Lama's gracious welcome to Jon Kolkin & Mayor McFarlane

The 14th Dalai Lama’s gracious welcome to Jon Kolkin & Mayor McFarlane

Mayor McFarlane & Jon Kolkin Receiving Stupa Gifts from the 14th Dalai Lama

Mayor McFarlane & Jon Kolkin Receiving Stupa Gifts from the 14th Dalai Lama

Exhibitions

A special thank you to Petruta Lipan, Director at the St. Louis Univ. Museum of Art and her staff for their first-class effort in organizing the museum premier of Inner Harmony… Learning from the Buddhist Spirit. This 5-room, interactive, multi-sensory exhibition focused on the important role compassion, wisdom, gratitude for non-material things and healing of the mind, body and soul play in achieving true happiness.

Nurtured

Nurtured

Compassion Room

Compassion Room

SLUMA

SLUMA

Feathers… A Singular Journey had its premier as a solo exhibition in the spacious Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, N.C. A special thank you to Lee Hansley, Director of the Lee Hansley Gallery for curating this show.

Feathers: A Singular Journey

Feathers: A Singular Journey

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Best Wishes to All, Jon