Naj Wikoff will be teaching arts administration at the East Siberian Academy of Culture in Ulan Ude, Republic of Buryatia beginning September 1, 05; will be assisting the children’s hospitals of Orlik, Goose Lake and Ulan Ude establish arts in healthcare programs; and will be working with local arts, government and spiritual leaders on arts and economic development and community well being.
Naj has worked for the past twelve years as the director of Healing & the Arts at the C. Everett Koop Institute, Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth College and served for the past five years as the president of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (www.theSAH.org). A professional sculptor and artist who has exhibited widely, he is the former co-founder and director of the Adirondack Film Society – Lake Placid Film Forum; the founder of the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts and Humanities; the co-founder of the Adirondack Center for Writing; the Director of Arts and Productions at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Devine in New York City; the Arts Coordinator for the Global Forum of Parliamentary & Spiritual Leaders; the Director of the Dutchess County Arts Council and founder of the Dutchess United Arts Fund; and the Vice Chairman of the National Fine Arts Committee of the 1980 Winter Olympics, presenters of the first Arts Olympiad.
His first trip to Russia was in 1989 working for the Soviet Academy of Science, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Supreme Soviet to organize the cultural programming for the 2nd International Global Forum held in Moscow, January 1990. He retuned in 1992 to Archangel to attend folk arts festivals, and again in 2003 and 2004 as part of two exchanges between the Republic of Buryatia and the Adirondack region of New York State.
Naj currently lives near Lake Placid, NY and is active in skiing, mountain climbing, wild water canoeing and similar sports.