In conjunction with the exhibition Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society, NOMA is excited to present a pair of virtual Way of Tea demonstrations led by Naomi Yoder (they/them), Japanese Way of Tea Practitioner, Urasenke Lineage. This program will occur on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, May 28 beginning at 6:30 pm. Advance registration is required, and registration is free for all! REGISTER TODAY! About Naomi Yoder Naomi has been a student of the Urasenke Way of Tea since 2009. After attending a demonstration at the Japanese teahouse in the Japanese Garden at the Seattle Arboretum, Naomi became drawn to the ritual and the incredible complexity of the “simple” act of making a delicious bowl of tea. Naomi studied with Bonnie Mitchell Sensei in Seattle, and then Meiya Wender Sensei in Marin County, California, before moving to the Gulf South. Now Naomi is a member of the Birmingham, Alabama, Tankokai (chapter of the Urasenke school), and studies with Ritsuko Asano Sensei. Naomi currently holds a Shikaden level license to study. Naomi has given Way of Tea demonstrations at various events, including twice at Japan Fest in the New Orleans Museum of Art. They also serve on the Board of Directors of the Japan Society of New Orleans, and are active in Mid-City Zen, a Soto Buddhist practice center. Naomi has lived in the Gulf Coast and New Orleans region since 2013, and is employed as Staff Scientist at the regional non-profit Healthy Gulf. Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society is co-organized by the American Federation of the Arts and Asia Society. This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The installation at NOMA is sponsored by Dr. Siddharth K. Bhansali, Judith Fos Burrus, Tim L. Fields, Dr. Nina Dhurandhar, Drs. Tarun and Rupa Jolly, Nuria Rowley, E. Alexandra Stafford and Raymond M. Rathle, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John A. Batt, Jr., Mrs. Anila Keswani, Tom and Dian Winingder, Saffron NOLA, Danny and Denise Kingston, Hiren and Urvi Shah, Drs. Dimple and Kiran Zaveri, and Gia Rabito.