Unique events happening around the Beyond Bollywood Exhibit!

Unique events happening around the Beyond Bollywood Exhibit!

The City of Raleigh Museum is partnering with local groups to tie in a series of educational programs and special events to highlight the Triangle’s vibrant Indian community and create a more interactive experience. For more information, contact us at (919)-996-2220 or via email at cormuseum@gmail.com.  Events are free unless noted and all take place onsite at the City of Raleigh Museum:

Explore India Through Dance (Instructor: Priya Chellani, Indigo Dance Evolution Academy)

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Bollywood dance is synonymous with Indian culture so come discover this dance fusion rooted in Indian classical and folk dances.  Explore the exhibition then become the interpreter as you learn a creative blend of dance movements and express yourself on a diverse variety of Bollywood songs. The different workshops will focus on dance styles from different regions across India.  Each workshop is limited to maximum capacity of 20 and are taught by Indigo Dance Evolution.  Ideal for families, children ages 9+.  Cost $9/ticket.

  • November 12, 2016, 1-3 pm
  • February 11, 2017, 1-3 pm
  • March 11, 2017, 1-3 pm
  • April 9, 2017, 1-3 pm

The Sari: India’s Iconic Clothing

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Learn about the sari, the most recognizable garment worn by Indian women. Explore the history of the sari and its evolution over the years. This program explains the different ways of wearing a sari that varies from region to region in India. Visitors can try on a sari and vintage saris will be displayed.

  • December 11, 2016, 2 – 3 pm

Yoga Classes

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Beginning in December, the City of Raleigh Museum will begin offering bi-monthly yoga classes in collaboration with local yoga studios Celestine Yoga & Movement Arts, Blue Lotus and Ashtanga Yoga School of Raleigh.  The classes will vary in style, practice, and technique to showcase the ways in which traditional Indian yoga practices have been molded into a cultural phenomenon here in the United States.

  • Every first and third Saturday of the month from December 2016 to April 2017
  • Contact the museum for more information about the individual classes or instructors.

Beyond Bollywood: A Taste of India Food Event

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The COR Museum in partnership with two area Triangle restaurants will explore Indian-American cooking in celebration of the Hindu festivals Pongal and Lohri.  Restaurants will offer cuisine celebrating the winter harvest season and chefs will talk about their dishes and how coming to American and American culture has changed their traditional Indian recipes.  James Beard Award nominee chef Meherwan Irani (of Asheville’s famed Chai Pani restaurant) will be keynote speaker.  Cost $30 per person; limited space available.

DIY Student Show

DIY Student Show

How can Raleigh’s history shape its future development? How can maps reveal invisible connections and alternative perspectives to construct a rich and layered portrait of our city?  What social, political, and physical forces might we leverage to inform Raleigh’s rapid urban metamorphosis? These are some of the questions driving this exhibition of maps that (re)View Raleigh’s historic development to better understand why Raleigh is the city it is today and foster discussion concerning the city it might become in the future. The maps in this exhibition were developed by students at the College of Design at North Carolina State University to incite new conceptions of Raleigh as a physical, social, and experienced city.

Lobby exhibit opening on First Friday February 3, 2017. The exhibit runs through the rest of the month.

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

The City of Raleigh Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its first Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit in October 2016 entitled, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. The exhibit is the first national exhibit to celebrate the history and remarkable achievements of Indian Americans in the United States.

Beyond Bollywood was created in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center with the goal of going beyond the stereotypes of Southeast Asian Indians by exploring their daily lives, to struggles in a new country and contributions to food, culture, and politics. The Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service launched the traveling exhibit in May 2015 with the COR Museum being only the sixth institution to host the exhibit on its inaugural tour.  “We were excited to open this exhibit in Raleigh” said Ernest Dollar, Director of the COR Museum, “It is a great opportunity to tell the story our rapidly growing Indian community through exploring Indian American’s impact on American history.”

In addition, the museum is partnering with local groups to present a series of public programs and events to highlight Wake County’s connection to the exhibit.  Beyond Bollywood will have an extended stay at the museum, from October 29, 2016 to April 9, 2017.

Exhibit Details:
“Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation”

  • Museum Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m./Sundays 1-4 p.m.
  • Admission is free; donations accepted
  • Group tours available with advance notice
  • More information at www.cityofraleighmuseum.org or call 919-996- 2220

“Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” is a creation of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Exhibit Programming

Explore India Through Dance

Bollywood dance is synonymous with Indian culture. Discover this dance fusion rooted in Indian classical and folk dances at The City of Raleigh Museum as we welcome a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.” Explore this new exhibition then become the interpreter as you learn a creative blend of dance movements and express yourself on a diverse variety of Bollywood songs. This workshop will focus on the different dance style from the regions across India Instructor: Priya Chellani, Indigo Dance Evolution Academy.

February 11, 2017
March 11, 2017
April 8, 2017
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
•           Age range: Families, 9 years old and up
•           $7.00/ticket
•           Max capacity 20 spots

Yoga Classes

Beginning in December, the City of Raleigh Museum will begin offering bimonthly yoga classes in collaboration with local yoga studios as part of the opening of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit entitledBeyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.  The exhibit is the first national exhibit to celebrate the history and remarkable achievements of Indian Americans in the United States.  Every first and third Saturday of the month from December to April the museum will offer yoga classes, varying in style, practice, and technique to showcase the ways in which traditional Indian yoga practices have been molded into a cultural phenomenon here in the United States.

All hour long classes are free and begin at 11 a.m. For more information about individual classes or attending a session, please stop by the City of Raleigh Museum or contact the museum by phone at (919)-996-2220 or via email at cormuseum@gmail.com.

Celestine Yoga & Movement Arts will host classes here on 11/19, 12/17, 2/4, and 4/1. 

Hatha Yoga

This branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures  breathing techniques and meditation  with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. There are nearly 200 hatha yoga postures, with hundreds of variations, which work to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility.

Vinyasa

This elegant and powerful style of Hatha Yoga seamlessly synchronizes breath and movement. Vinyasa is rooted in the ancient Ashtanga Yoga tradition, and has been practiced and passed down through generations of yogis. The outer experience is one of changing physical shapes; the inner experience is stillness like a meditation in motion.

Blue Lotus will host classes here on 12/3, 2/18, 3/4, and 3/18. 

The classes offered all levels Vinyasa class honoring classical yoga as part of contemporary American culture and community.

Ashtanga Yoga School of Raleigh will host classes here on 1/7 and 1/21. 

MYSORE CLASS

Ashtanga yoga is learned in what’s called a “Mysore” class.  The Mysore class is not structured like a typical yoga class; it’s more like receiving a private lesson in a group setting.  You practice amidst other like-minded students who are working at their own level and pace. This is a self-practice format where students practice the Ashtanga series at their own pace with a teacher guiding each student individually. Students move through the series at their own pace allowing the body to open naturally and only working new postures when physically and emotionally ready. Students new to the practice and attending their first Mysore style class will be given a short foundational practice and may stay to observe or are free to leave.

LED PRIMARY SERIES

This is a traditionally counted primary series class.  The primary series is the first set of yoga postures, considered most important and foundational, that are taught in traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.  This practice helps practitioners deepen focus inward, learn to extend breath, and is meant to help detoxify and purify the body. It is recommended that students have experience with Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga before attending this class.

The Sari: India’s Iconic Dress

Come and learn about the most recognizable garment worn by Indian women. Explore the history of the sari and its evolution over the years. This program explains the different ways of wearing a sari that changes from region to region in Indian. Visitors can try on a saare and vintage saris will be on display.

Date: December 11
Time: 2 pm – 3 pm
Location: COR Museum
Free

Beyond Bollywood: A Taste of India Food Event

Date: Saturday January 14, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: COR Museum
Cost: $30

The COR Museum in partnership with Garland and Vimala’s Curryblossum Café will celebrate Indian holidays of  Pongal and Lohri by exploring the history and future of Indian food. Also presenting savory treats and discussing the new direction of Indian food is Chai Pani, James Beard Award nominated chef from Asheville. Each chef will talk about their dishes and how American culture has changed their traditional Indian recipes. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited.

The People’s Politics: Local Democracy in Raleigh

The People’s Politics: Local Democracy in Raleigh

How does local government affect you? Does your opinion matter? Can you make a difference? The City of Raleigh Museum will explore these questions in a new exhibit. The People’s Politics: Local Democracy in Raleigh tells the story of city government and democracy at a local level, from the election of Raleigh’s first Mayor in 1795 to issues facing current and future mayors. Using research from city council minutes and artifacts from the museum’s collection, this interactive exhibit highlights the citizen role in law-making, giving visitors the opportunity to examine significant decisions from Raleigh’s past, and cast their vote on current challenges facing citizens and leaders of our growing city.

R3: Raleigh Then, Raleigh Now, Raleigh Next.

R3: Raleigh Then, Raleigh Now, Raleigh Next.

Explore Raleigh’s history through 200 years of artifacts and images. The R3 timeline offers a glimpse into the city’s rich cultural landscape. Interactive kiosks provide visitors with a fun and challenging way to explore photographs from Raleigh’s past. The COR Museum’s mascot, Sir Sammy the Squirrel, has included an interactive in the exhibit that teaches children how trees in the City of Oaks can reveal secrets about the past.

Our War: Voices of Raleigh’s World War II Veterans.

Our War: Voices of Raleigh’s World War II Veterans.

The “Our War…” exhibit will tell the tale of two different Raleighs and how its residents who went to war had vastly different experiences in the same conflict. Though 70 years have passed, many personal events of the war are fresh in the minds of the veterans. By sharing their stories, these veterans give us a revealing look at what it was like to grow up in 30’s/40’s Raleigh and leave for war. By collecting their stories in their own words it is hoped the exhibit will be a testament to the varied contributions of Raleigh’s diverse residents.

Raleigh’s City Flag: Lost and Found

Raleigh’s City Flag: Lost and Found

Did you know Raleigh is one of 450 cities with a flag? How did the flag come into existence? Who designed it and what does it mean? Come learn the story behind one of Raleigh’s most visible symbols.