Pom foundation cultural exchange

Since 2011, with the support and collaboration of the Embassy of the Lao P.D.R. in Washington D.C., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, as well as the Embassy of the United States in Vientiane, Laos; the Pom Foundation, formerly known as the Lao Heritage Foundation Pacific Northwest Chapter, has had the pleasure of working with the Lao National School of Music and Dance in the Pom Foundation Cultural Exchange Program.

The Pom Foundation Cultural Exchange Program did more than just provide students with understanding of dance and music. These exchanges developed a deeper appreciation for the Lao heritage and meaningful attachment to Laos and its people. With each successful exchange, students have been able to share that knowledge with the American public through the performances of Lao traditional music and dance in Seattle and other cities across the United States. 

 
 
 A very special thank you to Ajarn Odai, Ajarn Toun, Ajarn Songsane, and Ajarn Khamsene from the Lao National School of Music & Dance who partook in our 2017 cultural exchange program. Photo by Dennis Sikhanthat. 

A very special thank you to Ajarn Odai, Ajarn Toun, Ajarn Songsane, and Ajarn Khamsene from the Lao National School of Music & Dance who partook in our 2017 cultural exchange program. Photo by Dennis Sikhanthat. 

 
 
 

2018 Cultural Exchange Program overview

Exchange Dates: July 3rd, 2018 through September 4nd, 2018

Week 1 - Welcoming

  • Orientation/welcome dinner
  • Rest from travels and jet lag
  • Brain storm and plan for Lao Summer Camp curriculum and FORTE
  • Site seeing in the Greater Seattle area

Week 2 - Inventory, Planning, and Reviewing Curriculum

  • Inventory & tune instruments
  • Inventory & mend costumes/accessories
  • Curriculum planning for Lao Summer Camp
  • Prepare for FORTÉ Lao Summer Camp Showcase
  • Site seeing in Western Washington

Week 3 - Summer Intensive Lao Music & Dance (Week 1)

  • Intensive training for Kinnaly instructors and future instructors.
    • 9:00AM to 1:00PM, Monday through Friday 
  • Inventory & tune instruments
  • Inventory & mend costumes/accessories
  • Curriculum planning for Lao Summer Camp
  • Prepare for FORTÉ Lao Summer Camp Showcase
  • Site seeing in Pacific Northwest

Week 4 - Summer Intensive Lao Music & Dance Week 2 / Prepare Lao Summer Camp Site

  • Intensive training for Kinnaly instructors and future instructors.
    • 9:00AM to 1:00PM, Monday through Friday 
  • Curriculum planning for Lao Summer Camp
  • Prepare for FORTÉ Lao Summer Camp Showcase
  • Visit Wat Lao Mixayaram to clean and set-up for Lao Summer Camp
  • Site seeing in Greater Seattle area

Week 5 - 2018 Lao Summer Camp (Week I)

  • 2018 Lao Summer Camp at Wat Lao Mixayaram
    • 10:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday 
  • Prepare costumes, instruments, props for FORTÉ: Lao Summer Camp Showcase
  • Site seeing Western Washington

Week 6 - 2018 Lao Summer Camp (Week 2)

  • 2018 Lao Summer Camp at Wat Lao Mixayaram
    • 10:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday
  • Prepare costumes, instruments, props for FORTÉ: Lao Summer Camp Showcase
  • Rehearsal for FORTÉ: Lao Summer Camp Showcase
  • FORTÉ: Lao Summer Camp Showcase (August 11th @ Carco Theater in Renton, WA)
  • Site seeing Pacific Northwest

Week 7 - Teaching of Student Teachers / Preparations For Next Year

  • Planning session with Kinnaly instructors and management
  • Review curriculum for Kinnaly Lao music & dance class for 2019
  • Exchange program review, evaluation, and planning for 2019
  • Baci ceremony, sukwan & farewell party for ajarns

Week 8 - Prepare for Departure

  • Packing & departure