Arts, Spirituality, and Healing Project

After an introduction to Himalayan art and spirituality by guides at The Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in New York City, the team of New School students devised a series of workshops for at-risk middle school children in a New York City public school, designed to increase self-esteem, healing, and safety for individuals and communities. They created and facilitated lesson plans that engaged the children in art, theatre, music, photography, and story-telling activities. The program culminated in the creation of individual shrine boxes, using donated cigar boxes and recycled art materials, followed by a ceremonial placement of the shrines into a larger communal shrine display outside the school cafeteria. At the end of the exhibition, the children took their individual shrines home.


Buddhist Shrine Room — China

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Transforming Community Through the Arts

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