- Thu, May 09, 2024
- 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Immersive Soundscape with Laura Ross
Join Laura Ross, Harvard-Westlake Head of School, Kalika Yap, Parent ’24, ’26 and Jenny Li, Parent ’27, for an evening of sound, community and cultural engagement at the USC Pacific Asia Museum exclusively for Harvard-Westlake parents and faculty.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience is an ideal way to unwind and connect with our beautiful community. Immerse yourself in a mindful sound bath, known for enhancing mental clarity, alleviating stress, and cultivating a sense of calm, serenity, and peace.
The evening features ‘Journey 360‘, an award-winning short film, accompanied by live performances with Michael and Jahna who are known worldwide for their transformative performances. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to meet Museum Docents, who will welcome and guide you through the history of the museum and its fascinating exhibitions.
Enjoy light refreshments, desserts, and a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony by the Chado Urasenke LA Association and Gong Fu Tea service with the owners of Callisto Tea House in the courtyard and relish the evening under the stars.
A Japanese Tea Ceremony, also known as Chado: the Way of Tea, is a traditional ritual influenced by Zen Buddhism in which sweet mochi and powdered green tea, or matcha, are ceremonially prepared by a skilled practitioner and served to guests in the museum’s tranquil setting. The tea masters, adorned in traditional kimonos, will add an authentic and visually stunning aspect to the experience.
The ceremony is a wonderful mindful experience that embodies harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.
Gong Fu Tea is a Chinese tea ceremony known for its detailed and precise preparation method, emphasizing the art of tea making. The term “Gong Fu” translates to “making with skill,” and this ceremony lives up to its name by focusing on the meticulous brewing of tea to extract the best flavor and aroma. It typically involves the use of small teapots and cups, allowing for the infusion of tea leaves multiple times.
Each steeping is short, but the process highlights the tea’s evolving taste profile over several infusions. This ceremony not only offers a deep appreciation for the tea itself but also encourages a mindful and immersive experience, celebrating the cultural and aesthetic pleasures of tea drinking.
The USC Pacific Asia Museum stands as a vibrant center for cultural exploration and learning. It’s an essential space for understanding diverse narratives and histories. The museum’s exhibitions link the past with contemporary life, focusing on aspects vital to the Asian American experience, such as identity and community.
Dedicated to the arts of Pacific Asia, USC PAM offers insights into the varied cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Through its carefully curated exhibitions, the museum invites visitors to deepen their understanding of the art and traditions of these regions.
The museum is housed in a building inspired by the architecture of a traditional Chinese imperial mansion. The galleries surround a charming courtyard garden containing a koi pond, rock sculptures, and graceful trees that reflect the beauty of the changing seasons.
The event, priced at $225 per person welcomes a group of 50 guests, offering an intimate and engaging experience.
This one-of-a-kind building is a California State Historic Landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The second floor of the museum overlooks the garden and features a conservatory/auditorium and a meeting room with elegant Chinese furniture and décor.
This exclusive party book event is not only a once in a lifetime experience of mindfulness and relaxation — it’s also a chance to immerse yourself in a rich cultural experience — at this hidden gem of a museum.
Hope you can join us!