Vinfen’s Art Connection Studio was honored to participate in Wadsworth Atheneum’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day on January 18. Each year, this event celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with art-making, performances, and tours for all ages at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT.
Art Connection Studio’s Art Therapist and Art Facilitator Tara Burke, Art Facilitator and Job Coach Ben Reyes, and Art Therapist and Art Facilitator Mike Galaburri teamed up with museum volunteers to collaborate with more than 100 individuals and families in the creation of a giant community mandala. The mandala was composed of dozens of colorful designs and words revolving around the day’s theme of inner strength, all contributed by the continuous flow of participants throughout the day.
After six hours, the mandala measured nine feet in diameter, and was covered with inspiring images and words from the community. Historically, the mandala is a graphic, circular design that is thought in cultures like Buddhism and Hinduism to represent the universe and wholeness. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung believed it symbolized the inner process by which individuals grow toward fulfilling their potential for wholeness, and used mandalas in his psychotherapy. Art Connection Studio was thrilled to have the chance to bring together the community with this wonderful creation.