In 2010, we co-founded the Nagaland/Rochester Art & Culture Exchange with Theja Meru, a Naga musician and community activist from Kohima. We were given the rare opportunity to travel to the tribal region in NE India to start the GLOCAL International Youth Film Festival, to install the exhibition "Parables for a Compassionate Revolution", and to meet with students at Nagaland University in Lumami. Throughout our visit, we had the honor of meeting many Naga artists, filmmakers, authors, and dancers who taught us about the rich cultural traditions of Nagaland.
In 2011, we then hosted five first-generation, Naga filmmakers in the United States. We organized multiple film screenings and cultural tours throughout New York State. The following year, Theja hosted Michael Iacovone, an American multimedia artist, in Nagaland to work on a photography project and learn about Naga culture firsthand. Two years later, we hosted Tiatemjen Kezevilhou Jamir at our home in Rochester. He installed a spectacular exhibition of his photographs in an exhibition titled "Naga Ink: A Fading Art" at the Sage Art Center, University of Rochester.