The Ventura County Arts Council celebrates Chinese New Year at Pacific View Mall in Ventura, CA. Artist BiJian Fan will demonstrate two educational curriculums - Origami Math Genius and Mental Abacus Prodigy to local students and teachers at 1pm on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Click events for the celebration information.
Chinese abacus was listed as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2013. Since then, the spread of abacus culture has accelerated worldwide. The AIDS monument in Amsterdam, Netherland utilizes a giant abacus to count down the eradication of AIDS in 2030, a goal set by UN.
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) ruled China for 5 decades. This formidable politician was also a connoisseur, patron and creator of art, a phenomenon largely fell unnoticed. To show a different side of Cixi, Bowers Museum reconstructs her residence at the Summer Palace, presents various art and over 100 objects that have never been seen in the United States.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University Channel Islands organizes a trip to visit the exhibit, which runs through March 11, 2018.
Zen Space is a public art exhibit installed at Westfield Valencia Town Center. The Signal of Santa Clarita Valley reported the exhibit.
Zen tea blends Zen philosophy with tea culture. The embodiment of spirituality infuses a unique flavor into tea. The tea's bitter taste symbolizes life's struggle while its clear liquid symbolizes mind clarity. A tea set is designed to enlighten an artful Zen Space installed at Westfield Valencia Town Center in Santa Clarita, CA.
Mental Abacus Prodigy (MAP) is a curriculum of visualizing arithmetic mentally on abacus. It replaced memorizing times table with recognizing times pattern. It disrupted thousand years tradition and eased arithmetic dramatically. Its success in China has been replicated in the rest of the world. MAP will be introduced to local community in Spring 2018 at CSU Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands is to offer a class on abacus in Spring 2018 at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The enrollment information is available at its website. The ancient abacus is revitalizing thanks to its advantage in math education and dementia prevention. It symbolizes wisdom and wealth.