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I am honored to be co-chairing The ART of COMPASSION international, traveling museum art exhibition. This one-of-a-kind experience seamlessly integrates emotionally stunning artwork into an immersive, multi-sensory, interactive experience, coupled with programming, a take-home toolkit and other strategies intended to empower those who wish to effectively integrate compassion into their daily lives. It is complemented by a school-based art initiative. It is a privilege to partner with experts from the Charter for Compassion , numerous museums and other world-respected consultants. https://charterforcompassion.org/

Research clearly shows that compassion toward self, all sentient beings, and Mother Earth is the cornerstone to improving physical and emotional well-being while simultaneously fostering effective, sustained engagement in worthwhile social causes.

I am also honored to be co-chairing the North Carolina Statewide Museum initiative promoting compassion and universal ethics.

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Inner Harmony was recently honored by the International Photography Awards at Carnegie Hall in 4 professional categories. (details available here)
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Meanwhile, it is a thrill to have LensWork Magazine feature Feathers… Taking Flight in the Light in its most recent edition, #145. (to purchase go here) This is the 3rd time LensWork Magazine has published one of my projects.
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I am humbled to have been given the extraordinary opportunity to co-chair the summit “Fostering Universal Ethics & Compassion Through Museums” held in India, Oct. 28-Nov.1, 2018, and again be in the presence of The 14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness’ humility combined with His thought-provoking insights were inspirational. What an incredible experience spending 3 ½ days with 29 museum-related, multi-disciplinary visionaries from throughout North America in such a collaborative and nurturing atmosphere.

Please click here to watch a short video containing excerpts of The Dalai Lama’s comments and reflections from some delegates. For those interested in viewing the entire audience with the Dalai Lama please click here.

A special “thank you” to co-chairs Ngodup Tsering, U.S. Representative for the Office of Tibet and Elif Gokcigdem, founder of the Empathy-Building Through Museums Initiative along with other representatives of His Holiness and our hosts from the Tibet Museum. With over 35,000 museums in North America this gathering provided an extraordinary opportunity to leverage the group’s collective wisdom in identifying and propagating best practices. All 29 delegates are actively fulfilling commitments made during the summit that support of our gathering’s themes.

Reconnecting with The 14th Dalai Lama”

Reconnecting with The 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness with the Museum Summit Participants

His Holiness with the Museum Summit Participants

We are now entering our second year of a North Carolina statewide, museum-based effort to promote universal ethics. I am truly inspired by the growing enthusiasm for this initiative. My deepest appreciation goes to my co-chair in this effort, Liz Baird, director of education at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

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.

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Nurtured

Compassion Room

Compassion Room

SLUMA

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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

I typically give a number of presentations and judge photography competitions on a regular basis throughout the year. The best way to stay posted on these events is by signing up for announcements by clicking here.

Best Wishes to All, Jon