When Sacred Dunes Alternative Health opened Friday, August 7th in Michigan City eight Tibetan monks showed up to perform a blessing ceremony for the business. The business’s owner is Stephanie Gordon, who has a master’s degree in traditional medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist has practiced for about two years as an independent contractor in Michigan City and La Porte.
According to Michigan City’s News Dispatch, Stephanie said she had dreamt this would happen one day.
Most of the nation’s Art Walks take place inside of city landscapes rather than parks or convention halls, consisting of galleries, pop-ups, and of course, dozens of surrounding local businesses. When a new business opens, cross marketing can be used to support the arts in that community and the businesses as well, because of the large number of people who may attend that City’s art walk event on a regular basis.
Held the First Friday Art Walk led by the Arts & Culture Committee and the Michigan City Main Street Association, First Fridays has become a catalyst for public dialogue with shared cultural experiences contributing to a sense communal identity and economic revitalization. First Fridays fosters the arts and the artists on the first Friday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where local, uptown businesses open their doors to the public and host artists and their work. These “pop-up” galleries showcase anything from paintings, to sculptures, to live performances, and many businesses provide free snacks and drinks, too. Each month, the number of participating businesses varies and so does the artwork, so be sure to come out each month and see what’s new!
Geshe Tsewang, the translator among the monks, said they have been in the United States for three weeks. Geshe Tsewang said he is happy Michigan City has a place for acupuncture and Eastern medicine. This medicine is good for the heart, he said. The monks performed their blessing ceremony for healing centers on a regular basis, where they ask the deity and Buddha to keep the place clean. They live in India, but they are in exile from Tibet.