2016-137 – Helping Hands Mandala

Many Hands by NCASI
Many Hands by NCASI

This week’s MotD theme: Murals

In 2013, facilitated by the Naropa Community Art Studio-International, members of the Naropa University faculty, students, friends, donors, and the greater community of Boulder, CO, painted this and 2 other 7′ x 7′ social justice-minded mandalas during a 48 hour marathon painting session. This fund-raising event helped send the 2014 Naropa art therapy team to Cambodia to partner with other organizations to provide art therapy and training to victims of violence and the sex trafficking industry.

What a powerful idea and what a powerful mandala. It shows so beautifully the magnificence of gathering community together, united with one creative and helpful purpose.

The NCASI mission:

NCAS-I expands the boundaries of the Naropa University Community Art Studio from local to global. Rooted in the principle of collaboration and a belief in the innate wisdom, creativity, and interdependence of all, we, the art therapy graduate students and faculty, seek active engagement with social justice organizations around the world. We will use art therapy practices to help relieve suffering and maintain a vision of unity, as guests and learners in the communities we serve.


Inspiration for Today

NCAS-I’s mandala encourages us to seek out opportunities to create art in community as a way to relieve suffering… either our own or the suffering of others.

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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