“Secrets of the Cathedral” Exhibit Opens at the City of Raleigh Museum Jan. 6

“Secrets of the Cathedral” Exhibit Opens at the City of Raleigh Museum Jan. 6

Museum visitors can enter to win free airfare to Paris compliments of Delta Airlines

RALEIGH, N.C. (DECEMBER 19, 2016) – The City of Raleigh Museum announced today its “Secrets of the Cathedral” lobby exhibition will open to the public Friday, Jan. 6. “Secrets of the Cathedral,” created by A. Brothers Associates Exhibit Design, answers the question “What makes a church a cathedral?” It does this by showing how cathedrals have played a continuing influence on architecture, art, music, and culture through the years and have elevated man’s wisdom by their construction and presence in the communities they serve. Visitors can learn how early builders crafted these monuments to become the stunning societal focal points they continue to be today. The display touches on the “theology of architecture” and how inner engineering techniques evoke outer spiritual beauty. The exhibit is free and runs through Tuesday, Jan. 31.

“We are proud to offer the community this wonderful opportunity to shed light on cathedral design and what it inspires,” said Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum. “The timing is perfect, with Raleigh’s own new cathedral being built to anchor the city’s skyline for generations to come.”

In celebration of Raleigh’s Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral construction milestones, the City of Raleigh Museum will also share behind-the-scenes images of the build process as well as offer related special events including an architect-led stained glass window discussion and a private hard hat tour of the new cathedral. Upon completion, Raleigh will rank among the top five largest cathedrals in the United States versus its current designation as the second smallest at the Hillsborough Street location.

Exhibit Details:

“Secrets of the Cathedral” at The City of Raleigh Museum

220 Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC 27601

(located in the famous downtown Briggs Hardware Building built in 1874)

  • 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 cityofraleighmuseum.org or call 919-996-2220

Friends of the Museum Paris Flight Drawing:

In celebration of the exhibit and its new RDU to Paris nonstop service, Delta Airlines has partnered with the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum to offer one lucky museum visitor two free economy class tickets to Paris, home of some of the most renowned cathedrals in the world. This drawing is open to all legal U.S. residents 18 years of older visiting the museum from Jan. 6 through May 31, 2017. One winner will be randomly selected in early June.

  • Entries (name, email address, and contact phone number) must be filled out on-site during museum hours. Email, phone or other electronic entry methods will not be accepted.
  • Limit one entry per person during the drawing period.
  • The tickets are for two people traveling together and must be issued no later than Dec. 15, 2017.
  • Winner’s travel certificate is not transferable, sellable, refundable or exchangeable, and must be returned to the museum if it cannot be used. Other airline restrictions including date availability may apply.
  • All other transportation/trip costs are the responsibility of the contest winner.

Also currently on display at the City of Raleigh Museum, this spring is the popular “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” a Smithsonian traveling exhibition detailing the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the United States over the past three centuries.

About The City of Raleigh Museum

Located in Downtown Raleigh in the historic Briggs Hardware building, the City of Raleigh Museum explores the rich history of North Carolina’s capital city. As part of the Historical Resources and Museums Program (HRMP) of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, the COR Museum is dedicated to interpreting the past, present, and future of Raleigh.  Since 1993, the has museum collected and cared for artifacts, curated exhibits, and provided educational programing that highlights Raleigh’s history and heritage. Our tagline, “Then. Now. Next.,” represents a new approach to understanding North Carolina’s capital.

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.

Voices From Our Sisters

Voices From Our Sisters

“Voices from our Sisters” is a multi-media exhibit to bring visitors face to face with their counterparts in Raleigh’s five sister cities through video interviews, photographs and artifacts.

Raleigh Sister Cities fosters opportunities for business, cultural, educational and civic experiences through citizen exchanges and collaboration. As a nonprofit, volunteer organization, it is a cooperating member of Sister Cities International, which connects 545 U.S. cities with 2,121 partner cities around the world.

Lobby exhibit opening on First Friday, September 2, 2016. The exhibit runs through November 2016.

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.

Capital Cartography: A History of Raleigh in Maps

Capital Cartography: A History of Raleigh in Maps

This exhibit showcases over two hundred years of Raleigh’s development through a collection of historic maps. Looking at maps as more than way finding tools, visitors experience cartography as a reflection of the times and the draftsmen who crafted them. The exhibit features 14 maps that reflect over 200 years of the Capital city’s history. Explore some of Raleigh’s historic maps here.