MFA Community Arts Initiative: Mindful Mandalas
On Saturday, May 18, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), opens the exhibition Community Arts Initiative: Kids collaborate to create art through meditation.
Mindful Mandalas, showcasing the culmination of seven months of work by approximately 100 young artists from the Museum's ten Community Arts Initiative (CAI) partners in the Boston area.
Students collaborated with Boston-based, Nepali artist and educator Sneha Shrestha to create a wall mural inspired by mandalas, or graphic symbols used to aid in meditation.
In the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Mindful Mandalas presents a constellation of small personal mandalas created by the young artists and mounted in three 12-foot-tall mandalas painted by Shrestha.
Inspired by cultural practices of her native Nepal, Shrestha invited children to process their thoughts and feelings with the goal of finding inner peace through reflection, meditation and the contemplation of selected artworks at the MFA.
The exhibition installation also includes related contemporary artworks from the MFA’s collection by Yayoi Kusama, Annette Lemieux and others, as well as a video documenting the creation of the mandalas.
This exhibition marks the fourteenth year of the Community Arts Initiative, through which the Museum partners with community organizations to introduce kids ages 6 to 12 to the MFA’s collections and the art-making process.
Through the CAI, the Museum is proud to partner with after school programs based in Dorchester, the West End, Allston-Brighton, Boston Chinatown, Charlestown, Chelsea, Roxbury and South Boston.
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