Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tibetan & Mongolian Art Exhibit at John Waldron Arts Center

Categories: press releases

April 23, 2008

Media Contacts:
Pamela Keech, Bloomington Area Arts Council
812-334-3100 or

Lisa Morrsion, Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Culture Center


Tibetan and Mongolian Art Exhibit at John Waldron Arts Center

The exhibit will run throughout May, providing an opportunity for visitors
to learn more about Tibetan and Mongolian culture and tradition.

Bloomington - The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center presents an exhibition of Tibetan and Mongolian works of art, including Cham masks and costumes, on display at the John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington throughout the month of May.

The tradition of Cham is an ancient art form directly connected to the ancient tribal traditions of Tibet, India, Mongolia, and surrounding regions of Asia that predate the historical Buddha and his teachings, and evolved in its current form in conjunction with the dissemination of Buddhist teachings to Tibet and its neighboring countries.


Cham (or “Tsam”) is a tradition that ties together music, dance, and theatre, in a stunning omnibus of visual and musical display. Cham productions usually include themes both spiritual historical in nature, telling oral traditions of cultural history, and in their ecstatic energy are often said to directly embody the teachings of the Buddha.


The brilliantly hand-crafted masks and ritual-wear of the Cham dancers will be on display at the Waldron Arts Center throughout the month of May. These masks were used in special performances for His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his Bloomington visit this past October.


The exhibit will also display a series of Chinese, Tibetan, and Mongolian Calligraphy created by the venerable Arjia Rinpoche. The opening reception of the Tibetan & Mongolian Art Exhibit will take place on May 2nd at 6 pm and will include live music and traditional Tibetan refreshments. Trulli Flatbread will also provide additional delicacies.

Hand-made traditional Tibetan and Mongolian crafts will be available for purchase as well as a variety of other traditional merchandise. Proceeds from the sale of all Tibetan and Mongolian merchandise will support the Tibetan and Mongolian Children’s Camps at the TMBCC.

WHAT: Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center Exhibition

WHERE: The Waldron Galleries, 122 S. Walnut St. Bloomington, IN 47404

WHEN: May 2 – 30, 2008; Opening reception Friday May 2nd at 6 pm

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The Bloomington Area Arts Council supports public participation in the arts by developing, strengthening, and promoting the cultural resources of Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen Counties.