The Director of Public Relations & Programming Keshini Wijegoonaratna and the Director of Cultural Affairs Achala Weerasinghe of Sri Lanka Foundation met with the Senior Vice President Jane Burrell and other staff members of LACMA to plan the opening ceremony of the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lanka art organized by an American museum. “The Jeweled Isle” exhibition that will be held at the Los Angeles County Museum on December 9th at 10.00am, is a free event open to the public. The Jeweled Isle: Art of Sri Lanka presents 258 works addressing nearly two millennia of Sri Lankan history. Several artworks convey the importance of sacred sites and relics in Sri Lankan Buddhist practice, while rare images of Hindu gods attest to the long and constant interaction between Sri Lanka and South India.
The Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts have undertaken to plan a traditional dance and drumming performance for the opening ceremony accordingly to match the theme to showcase Sri Lankan culture. The “Jeweled Isle” exhibits that are brought from Sri Lanka includes precious decorative objects fashioned from gold, silver, and ivory, 19th-century photographs documenting Sri Lanka’s extraordinary monuments, scenery, and flora.
The LACMA staff was very pleased to learn about all the events and services that the Sri Lanka Foundation and the Sri Lanka Foundation Performing Arts Center provides to promote Sri Lankan Culture. The meeting continued with a tour of the museum location where the Opening Ceremony will be held and was discussed how the Dance and the Drummers will escort the Special Guests to the Exhibition area.