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Letters Home: Naj Wikoff in Ulan Ude, Russia
Naj Wikoff of Keene Valley is on a six-month Fulbright Scholarship to Russia, working out of Ulan Ude, near Lake Baikal. He will teach arts management at the East Siberian Academy of Culture, help develop arts programs in area hospitals, work with local government on arts & culture planning, and work with Institute of Pandito Khambo Lama Itigeliv, the 12th Khambo Lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Naj's visit is a follow-up to the Siberian-Adirondack exchanges sponsored by the Totem Peoples project, directed by Dan Plumley of Keene.
Naj, a 7th generation Adirondacker, has served the past five years as the president of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, and for the past twelve years as the director of Arts & Healing, C. Everett Koop Institute, Dartmouth Medical School. He was a cofounder and first director of the Lake Placid Film Forum-Adirondack Film Society, the founder-executive director of the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities, a cofounder of the Adirondack Center for Writing, Vice-Chair of the National Fine Arts Committee of the 13th winter Olympics, Director of Arts & Productions for the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in NYC, arts coordinator of the Global Forum of Parliamentary & Spiritual Leaders, and cofounder of the Lake Placid School of the Arts.
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