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  • Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Join fellow teachers for a day of professional learning at the Rubin. 

Learn how to incorporate the Rubin’s vibrant collection into your curriculum, reflect on ways to create a compassion-centered school environment, and discover how to bring mindfulness practices into your classroom. 

This event is open to 6th–12th grade teachers and will feature:

  • A Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® presentation led by a certified SEE Learning® facilitator
  • A mindful movement workshop in partnership with GROOVE NYC
  • Customized tours of the Mandala Lab and Gateway to Himalayan Art
  • An experiential art workshop integrating SEE Learning® components
  • Curriculum resources for teachers
  • Complimentary refreshments

This free professional development workshop for teachers will take place on the June Chancellor’s Conference Day for New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) teachers. Advance registration is required. 

 

About SEE Learning®

The Rubin’s educational programs integrate Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® principles. SEE Learning® is an innovative K–12 education program developed by Emory University. The program provides educators with tools to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves. 

About GROOVE NYC

GROOVE NYC builds community and social emotional awareness through movement and dance. GROOVE’s blended Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and healing arts curriculum fosters acceptance of others and empathy. GROOVE offers dance experiences, mindfulness workshops, and meditation sessions to students, teachers, and the community at large. If you can move, you can groove!

 

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support for the Mandala Lab initiative is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones of Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Leadership support for Project Himalayan Art is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Project Himalayan Art has been made possible in part by a major grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

Project Himalayan Art was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MA-253379-OMS-23.

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative and Project Himalayan Art are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lead support for Project Himalayan Art is provided by the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan.

Major support for Project Himalayan Art is provided by Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Stephen and Sharon Davies, the Edward & Elizabeth Gardner Foundation, Mimi Gardner Gates, Hongwei Li, Max Meehan, the Monimos Foundation, Edward O’Neill, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Rossi & Rossi, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, UOVO, Sandy Song Yan, and the Zhiguan Museum of Art.

Special support for Project Himalayan Art is provided by:

Dr. Bibhakar Sunder Shakya, to honor the memory and legacy of Professor Dina Bangdel, art historian, curator, cultural activist, and educator from Nepal.

Samphe and Tenzin Lhalungpa, to honor the memory and works of L.P. Lhalungpa, Tibetan scholar, broadcaster, and educator.

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Institute of museum and library services

*“NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this initiative, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

Image: Photo by Filip Wolak, 2022
  • Guided Public Tour

Explore Himalayan art and cultures during this engaging tour led by an expert docent. Through close looking at art and conversation, visitors gain greater insights into current exhibitions and the Rubin collection. Tour themes may include Mindfulness, Living Traditions, Stories of Migration, the Role of the Female, Tradition and Technology, and Environmental Sustainability, among others. 

Tours meet at 2:00 PM at the base of the spiral staircase and last approximately 45 minutes. Browse our exhibitions to plan your next visit.

 

Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation.

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, Janet Gardner, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

 

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Photo by Filip Wolak, 2024
  • Guided Public Tour

Explore Himalayan art and cultures during this engaging tour led by an expert docent. Through close looking at art and conversation, visitors gain greater insights into current exhibitions and the Rubin collection. Tour themes may include Mindfulness, Living Traditions, Stories of Migration, the Role of the Female, Tradition and Technology, and Environmental Sustainability, among others. 

Tours meet at 2:00 PM at the base of the spiral staircase and last approximately 45 minutes. Browse our exhibitions to plan your next visit.

 

Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation.

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, Janet Gardner, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

 

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Photo by Filip Wolak, 2024
  • Guided Public Tour

Explore Himalayan art and cultures during this engaging tour led by an expert docent. Through close looking at art and conversation, visitors gain greater insights into current exhibitions and the Rubin collection. Tour themes may include Mindfulness, Living Traditions, Stories of Migration, the Role of the Female, Tradition and Technology, and Environmental Sustainability, among others. 

Tours meet at 2:00 PM at the base of the spiral staircase and last approximately 45 minutes. Browse our exhibitions to plan your next visit.

 

Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Lilly Endowment, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, The Randleigh Foundation Trust, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation.

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, Janet Gardner, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Tsherin Sherpa, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

 

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Photo by Filip Wolak, 2024
  • Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Join fellow teachers for a day of professional learning at the Rubin. 

Learn how to incorporate the Rubin’s vibrant collection into your curriculum, reflect on ways to create a compassion-centered school environment, and discover how to bring mindfulness practices into your classroom. 

This event is open to 6th–12th grade teachers and will feature:

  • A Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® presentation led by a certified SEE Learning® facilitator
  • A mindful movement workshop in partnership with GROOVE NYC
  • Customized tours of the Mandala Lab and Gateway to Himalayan Art
  • An experiential art workshop integrating SEE Learning® components
  • Curriculum resources for teachers
  • Complimentary refreshments

This free professional development workshop for teachers will take place on the January Professional Development Day for New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) teachers. Advance registration is required. 

 

About the Mandala Lab 

The Mandala Lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos, scents, sculpture, and curated percussion instruments—that guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space, designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning. 

 

About Gateway to Himalayan Art

Gateway to Himalayan Art introduces visitors to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum’s collection. The exhibition highlights regions of the diverse Himalayan cultural spheres, including parts of present-day India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. Gateway invites teachers to explore exemplary objects from the Museum’s collection, organized and presented in thematic sections: Figures and Symbols, Materials and Techniques, and Purpose and Function.

 

About SEE Learning®

The Rubin’s educational programs integrate Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® principles. SEE Learning® is an innovative K–12 education program developed by Emory University. The program provides educators with tools to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves. 

 

About GROOVE NYC

GROOVE NYC builds community and social emotional awareness through movement and dance. GROOVE’s blended Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and healing arts curriculum fosters acceptance of others and empathy. GROOVE offers dance experiences, mindfulness workshops, and meditation sessions to students, teachers, and the community at large. If you can move, you can groove!

 

Mandala Lab and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by, Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones, Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Image Credit: Photo by Filip Wolak, 2022
  • Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Join fellow teachers for a day of professional learning at the Rubin.

Learn how to incorporate the Museum’s vibrant collection into your curriculum. Reflect on ways to create a compassion-centered school environment, and discover how to bring mindfulness practices into your classroom.

This event is open to 3rd-12th grade teachers and will feature:

  • A Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® presentation
  • A mindful movement workshop in partnership with GROOVE NYC
  • Customized tours of the Mandala Lab and Masterworks: A Journey Through Himalayan Art
  • An experiential art workshop integrating SEE Learning® components
  • Curriculum resources for teachers
  • Complimentary refreshments

This free professional development workshop for teachers will take place on June Chancellor’s Conference Day. Advance registration is required.

About the Mandala Lab

The Mandala Lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos, scents, sculpture, and curated percussion instruments—that guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space, designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning.

About Masterworks: A Journey Through Himalayan Art

Masterworks explores major strands in the development of art from the Himalayan region covering a period of more than one thousand years, with objects drawn primarily from the Rubin Museum’s collection.

Masterworks is organized geographically and chronologically, showcasing the diverse regional traditions of Tibet in relation to the neighboring areas of Eastern India, Kashmir, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Mongolia. Juxtaposing the art of Himalayan regions over time sheds light on the geographic, historical, religious, and artistic interrelationships among these cultures.

About SEE Learning®

The Rubin’s educational programs integrate Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® principles. SEE Learning® is an innovative K”“12 education program developed by Emory University. SEE Learning® provides educators with tools to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves.

About GROOVE NYC

GROOVE NYC builds community and social emotional awareness through movement and dance. GROOVE’s blended Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and healing arts curriculum fosters acceptance of others and empathy. GROOVE offers dance experiences, mindfulness workshops, and meditation sessions to students, teachers, and the community at large. If you can move, you can groove!


Mandala Lab and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Fred Eychaner, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Anonymous, Bob and Lois Baylis, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Noah P. Dorsky, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

Public funds are provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We additionally thank the generosity of 223 sponsors and donors who contributed to our 2020 gala, Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala.

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  • Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Join fellow teachers for a day of professional learning at the Rubin.

Learn how to incorporate the Museum’s vibrant collection into your curriculum. Reflect on ways to create a compassion-centered school environment, and discover how to bring mindfulness practices into your classroom.

This event is primarily geared toward middle and high school teachers and will feature:

  • A Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® presentation led by a certified SEE Learning® facilitator
  • A mindful movement workshop in partnership with GROOVE NYC
  • Customized tours of the Mandala Lab and Gateway to Himalayan Art
  • An experiential art workshop integrating SEE Learning® components
  • Curriculum resources for teachers
  • Complimentary refreshments

This free professional development workshop for teachers will take place on Chancellor’s Conference Day. Advance registration is required.

About the Mandala Lab

The Mandala Lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos, scents, sculpture, and curated percussion instruments—that guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space, designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning.

About Gateway to Himalayan Art

Gateway introduces visitors to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum collection. The exhibition highlights regions of the diverse Himalayan cultural sphere, including parts of present-day India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. Gateway invites teachers to explore exemplary objects from the Museum’s collection, organized and presented in thematic sections: Figures and Symbols, Materials and Techniques, and Purpose and Function.

About SEE Learning®

The Rubin’s educational programs integrate Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® principles. SEE Learning® is an innovative K”“12 education program developed by Emory University. SEE Learning® provides educators with tools to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves.

About GROOVE NYC

GROOVE NYC builds community and social emotional awareness through movement and dance. GROOVE’s blended Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and healing arts curriculum fosters acceptance of others and empathy. GROOVE offers dance experiences, mindfulness workshops, and meditation sessions to students, teachers, and the community at large. If you can move, you can groove!


Mandala Lab and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Fred Eychaner, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Anonymous, Bob and Lois Baylis, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Noah P. Dorsky, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

Public funds are provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We additionally thank the generosity of 223 sponsors and donors who contributed to our 2020 gala, Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala.

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  • Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Join fellow teachers for a day of professional learning at the Rubin.

Learn how to incorporate the vibrant collection of the Rubin into your curriculum. Reflect on ways to create a compassion-centered school environment, and discover how to bring mindfulness practices into your classroom.

This event is open to 3rd-12th grade teachers and will feature:

  • A Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® presentation led by a certified SEE Learning® facilitator
  • Customized tours of the Mandala Lab for teachers of different grade levels
  • An experiential art workshop integrating SEE Learning® components
  • Curriculum resources for teachers
  • Complimentary coffee and tea

This free professional development workshop for teachers will take place on Election Day (Chancellor’s Conference Day). Advance registration is required.

About the Mandala Lab

The Mandala Lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos, scents, sculpture, and curated percussion instruments—that guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space, designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning.

About SEE Learning®

The Rubin’s educational programs integrate Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® principles. SEE Learning® is an innovative K-12 education program developed by Emory University. SEE Learning® provides educators with tools to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves.


Mandala Lab and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Fred Eychaner, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Anonymous, Bob and Lois Baylis, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Noah P. Dorsky, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

Public funds are provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We additionally thank the generosity of 223 sponsors and donors who contributed to our 2020 gala, Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala.

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  • Educator Open House

Join fellow educators for a free, lively evening of art and conversation and a chance to discover the Rubin Museum’s school offerings designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning.

Mingle with colleagues, explore the new interactive Mandala Lab installation, learn how art from the Himalayan regions can be a springboard for lively discussion around universal ideas, and discover new programs for your students for this school year!

This event is open to K-12 teachers, school administrators, college and university faculty, and museum educators, and will feature:

  • Wine and light refreshments in the K2 Lounge
  • An immersive sound bath experience in the Mandala Lab
  • Ongoing guided tours of the Mandala Lab, the special exhibition Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans, and highlights from the Museum’s collection
  • A mandala art workshop integrating Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® components

This exclusive event for educators will take place after Museum hours. Advance registration is required.

Mandala Lab and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Fred Eychaner, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Anonymous, Bob and Lois Baylis, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Noah P. Dorsky, Jack Lampl, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

Public funds are provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We additionally thank the generosity of 223 sponsors and donors who contributed to our 2020 gala, Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala.

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Image credit: Filip Wolak, 2022.

  • Healing Practices Exhibition Tour

Join Tibetan medicine doctor Kunga Wangdue for a free online tour of Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans, on view through January 16, 2023. Through close looking and conversation, learn more about the featured exhibition and the variety of ways individuals employ healing in their day to day lives. Dr. Wangdue will also discuss the importance of diet in Tibetan medicine for the healing process. This tour will last approximately 60 minutes.

Tibetan medicine doctor Kunga Wangdue was born in Tibet and began his Buddhist studies at the age of eight and studied Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy at Drepung Monastery in Lhasa. Doctor Wangdue then began his extensive study of Tibetan medicine and graduated from Tibetan Medical and Astrology College in India in 1996. He had the privilege of completing a year-long apprenticeship under Senior Menpa Kunga Gyurme, former personal physician of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. From 1998 to 2002, he served as a clinical practitioner in Nepal. Dr. Wangdue, the head of the Kungye Healing Center in New York, is a highly respected Tibetan medicine practitioner in the Tibetan Himalayan community of New York.

Major support for Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans is provided by The Prospect Hill Foundation as well as by generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors, and members.

Public support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Prospect Hill Foundation
  • From Reflection to Practice

Join this interactive workshop and open forum on culture programming for and with people living with dementia, led by Assistant Manager of Docents & Access Programs Maggie Woolums and Teaching Artist and Creative Aging Advocate Magda Kaczmarska. You will learn about the partnership between the Rubin’s long running program Mindful Connections and Stories in the Moment, an evidence-informed program that combines dance, movement, and storytelling. Experience a demonstration from a portion of this recent multi-sensory program series, hear findings and reflections from participants in the series, and participate in open discussion with other museum access professionals and teaching artists about how multidisciplinary collaborations can extend the field of access programming.


About the teachers

Magda Kaczmarska is a teaching artist and creative-aging advocate based in New York City. She received her MFA in dance performance and choreography and her BS in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the University of Arizona. She spent ten years working in neuropharmacology research and over 15 years in community-based education settings in dance and creative expression for persons of all ages, specifically older adults. She serves on the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Dance and Disability Special Interest Group, supporting access, equity, and inclusion in the dance education community. Magda is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI, where she is working to design and expand access to creative aging programs that support brain health across the lifespan.

Maggie Woolums is the Assistant Manager of Docent & Access Programs at the Rubin Museum of Art. In this position, she oversees the Museum’s Accessibility initiatives, specifically Mindful Connections, a monthly program for adults living with dementia and their caregivers, as well as regularly scheduled programs for caregivers and senior audiences. Program themes rotate and frequently highlight current museum exhibitions. They feature staff, specially trained teaching artists, and performers that offer audiences the opportunity to interact with art through a variety of mediums. Maggie has been at the Rubin Museum for 6 years, previously as the Assistant Manager for Box Office and Group Visits in the Public Programs department. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and previously worked with senior audiences during her term as Music Director of Uptown Voices, an outreach group serving hospitals and senior residences in the New York City and Long Island area.


Mellon Foundation
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

Mindful Connections is supported by the Mellon Foundation and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

  • Ugadi: Spring Festival of the Telugus

Celebrate the springtime Telugu festival, Ugadi, with the Rubin Museum’s New York City”“based community partner Telugu Literary and Cultural Association, which represents the largest Telugu-speaking population in the world outside of India.

Ugadi, or Yugadi, is celebrated as the first day of the New Year by people in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka, as well as Telugu-speaking communities all over the world. On this day, people make a special chutney called Ugadi Pachadi, with each family putting its own unique spin on the recipe.

Traditionally, each family member consumes a teaspoon of Ugadi Pachadi, which features six symbolic flavors (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and spicy) that represent the upcoming experiences and emotions of the New Year.

This afternoon event includes an invocation, group classical dance, and live, interactive preparation of the chutney. Register in advance to receive a list of ingredients to make the chutney from home along with us.

This program is hosted by Tashi Chodron, Himalayan Cultural Programs and Partnerships, Rubin Museum of Art, and followed by a Q&A.


You can participate and prepare the Ugadi Pachadi during the program! Download the recipe.


Telugu Literary and Cultural Association (TLCA) is a nonprofit organization and the first Telugu association to be established in North America. Founded in 1971, the organization is home to Telugu-speaking Indians who originate from the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The United States has the highest Telugu population in the world outside of India at approximately half a million people.

TLCA’s mission is to preserve the Telugu culture and its linguistic heritage for current and future generations of Telugu people.

Members take pride in the community developed by TLCA, which allows them to celebrate the Telugu language and its rich traditions while contributing to their children’s social and emotional development.

  • Diwali: Festival of Lights

Celebrate Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, with the Rubin Museum, India Home, and the Telugu Literary and Cultural Association and bring light to these challenging times. This virtual gathering features opening music from Neil and Maitreya Padukone, a father-son duo who play guitar, sitar, and tabla in the Indo-Latin fusion band Salsa Masala, and recipients of awards from the Queens Council on the Arts and The Shed. India Home seniors and Telugu Literary and Cultural Association will showcase their talent, and community members will share Diwali song and dance, including the traditional folk dance form of Garba. During the themed live drawing class attendees can participate from home, and they will also learn how to create Rangoli flower designs.

An official holiday in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and other countries, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Join us in a celebration of life and light!

This program is hosted by Tashi Chodron, Himalayan Cultural Programs and Partnerships, Rubin Museum of Art, and followed by a Q&A.

About the Presenters

India Home is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the Indian and larger South Asian senior citizen immigrant community. Started in 2007 by a group of healthcare professionals, India Home provides social, psychological, recreational, and spiritual services in a culturally sensitive environment.


Telugu Literary and Cultural Association is a nonprofit organization and the first Telugu association to be established in North America. Founded in 1971, the organization is home to Telugu-speaking Indians who originate from the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The United States has the highest Telugu population in the world outside of India, with approximately half a million people. TLCA’s mission is to preserve Telugu culture and its linguistic heritage for current and future generations. Members celebrate the Telugu language and its rich traditions while creating positive influences on their children’s social and emotional development.




Neil Padukone is a guitarist who blends jazz, funk, flamenco, rock, Indian, and Latin music into his work. He composes music and plays guitar, sitar, and oud in Salsa Masala, an award-winning Indo-Latin fusion band. He is the recipient of the inaugural Queens Council on the Arts Artist Commissioning Program award, which he used to present A Jackson Heights Block Party in the streets of the Queens neighborhood that inspired his Indian-Latin project in 2018. He also received the first Open Call award from The Shed and was one of the first musical acts to perform at the newest art space on Manhattan’s westside. He played lead guitar in Mugwump, a funk-jazz band he co-founded, whose self-titled album was recognized in the Village Voice and Time Out NY. Padukone also wrote and performed with his father, Maitreya, the score for The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan, a play about an Indian Sufi woman who served as a spy for the French resistance. In addition to training in jazz, Neil has studied flamenco, North Indian classical, and Latin music, and he also plays bouzouki, ukulele, and dhol.

Maitreya Padukone was inspired and initiated into the art of tabla by Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. He plays tabla in Salsa Masala, an award-winning Indo-Latin fusion band. Maitreya has accompanied Indian musicians like Steve Gorn, Ustad Sultan Khan, and Dr. Rajiv Taranath, among many others. He is co-founder of Raga Music Circle, which has organized Indian music concerts for the last 15 years. He co-wrote the score for The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan with his son. He is also a dental consultant to Jazz Foundation of America and provides pro bono dental treatment to struggling musicians. His recent collaboration with Cosmasomatics resulted in the album Jazz Maalika, a fusion of music inspired by John Coltrane and Pandit Ravi Shankar produced on his label, Saptakjazz.

Himalayan Heritage programs are supported by Heather Beth Henson.

  • Stories of the Tea-Horse Caravan Road

Kesang Tashi was a 10-year-old boy when he joined what became one of the last great mule caravan journeys across the Tibetan highlands from Chamdo to Lhasa. The young Tashi discovered Tibet as he was leaving it. He made a solemn vow in the awesome silence of the mountains to return and continue the work of his forebears. Decades later he fulfilled this promise through his devotion to revitalizing Tibet’s rug weaving heritage as the first foreign businessmen in Tibet and the last one still actively engaged. Tashi is now preparing to revive his grandfather’s wildly popular tea company, which was started in 1938.

Join Kesang Tashi in conversation with Sienna Craig, Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College, in a special Himalayan Heritage event to learn more about Kesang’s remarkable life story—how a young boy’s promise to return to his homeland transformed his life and that of his community for generations. The revitalization of Tibet’s rug weaving heritage with the help of old master craftsmen, followed by the revival of his grandfather’s Flaming Gem Label Tea, comprise Tashi’s swan song, as he passes the torch to the next generation of Tibetan entrepreneurs.

This program is hosted by Tashi Chodron, Himalayan Cultural Programs and Partnerships, Rubin Museum of Art, and followed by a Q&A.

About the Speakers

Kesang Tashi was born in Gyalthang in Eastern Tibet to a Khampa merchant family who, for generations, was a part of the Tea Horse Caravan trade route that ran from the frontier region of Gyalthang to Lhasa in Central Tibet and beyond to Kalimpong, the Himalayan hill town in India. He is the founder of Innerasia, a company that works directly with artisans inside Tibet to revitalize its rug weaving heritage. The company has been doing this work since as early as 1988, in the post-Cultural Revolution era, when the Tibet Autonomous Region first reopened its doors. Tashi worked with master weavers to restore the rug weaving industry by providing training and thereby generating a livelihood for a new generation of weavers, yarn carders, yarn spinners, dyers, and carvers. He also helped revive traditional hand-painted wood furniture making, thangka and miniature painting arts, and textile weaving. In the midst of these activities, it dawned on him that his return to and engagement in Tibet was in many ways continuing the unfinished work of his grandfather. Tashi is the only foreigner and business enterprise to be actively engaged in Tibet from the 1980s to present time. Tashi is a graduate of Dartmouth, and he studied Buddhist philosophy at the University of Wisconsin under Geshe Lhundup Sopa. He is a recognized authority on Tibetan rugs and has published Of Wool and Loom: Tradition of Tibetan Rugs (2006). In 2019 the BBC filmed an episode of a forthcoming series entitled One Cup, a Thousand Stories on the history of tea that features Tashi and his family’s tea story .

Sienna R. Craig is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. A medical and cultural anthropologist as well as a creative writer, she works with Himalayan and Tibetan communities in Asia and North America. Her books include The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives Between Nepal and New York (2020), Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine (2012), and Horses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage through the Himalayas (2008).

Himalayan Heritage programs are supported by Heather Beth Henson.

This program is co-presented with The Latse Project and InnerAsia Rugs.

The Latse Project is a NY/NJ-based nonprofit organization that promotes literacy and knowledge sharing in the Tibetan language.

  • Truthful Portrayals

Drop-in Art-making Workshop

For children with accompanying adults

Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art making and enjoy our 2:00 PM family exhibition tour.

November Family Sundays: Truthful Portrayals

See for yourself how a picture is worth a thousand words! The exhibition Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power shows that photography can be a tool for truth-telling. Find out how by creating a pinhole camera and developing your own photographs in a darkroom! Learn about the art and craft of photography while discovering the power of creating your own images.

Family Sundays are made possible through the generosity of New York Life Insurance Company. Additional support has been provided by Agnes Gund, Con Edison, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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  • Truthful Portrayals

Drop-in Art-making Workshop

For children with accompanying adults

Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art making and enjoy our 2:00 PM family exhibition tour.

November Family Sundays: Truthful Portrayals

See for yourself how a picture is worth a thousand words! The exhibition Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power shows that photography can be a tool for truth-telling. Find out how by creating a pinhole camera and developing your own photographs in a darkroom! Learn about the art and craft of photography while discovering the power of creating your own images.

Family Sundays are made possible through the generosity of New York Life Insurance Company. Additional support has been provided by Agnes Gund, Con Edison, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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  • Truthful Portrayals

Drop-in Art-making Workshop

For children with accompanying adults

Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art making and enjoy our 2:00 PM family exhibition tour.

November Family Sundays: Truthful Portrayals

See for yourself how a picture is worth a thousand words! The exhibition Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power shows that photography can be a tool for truth-telling. Find out how by creating a pinhole camera and developing your own photographs in a darkroom! Learn about the art and craft of photography while discovering the power of creating your own images.

Family Sundays are made possible through the generosity of New York Life Insurance Company. Additional support has been provided by Agnes Gund, Con Edison, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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  • Truthful Portrayals

Drop-in Art-making Workshop

For children with accompanying adults

Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art making and enjoy our 2:00 PM family exhibition tour.

November Family Sundays: Truthful Portrayals

See for yourself how a picture is worth a thousand words! The exhibition Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power shows that photography can be a tool for truth-telling. Find out how by creating a pinhole camera and developing your own photographs in a darkroom! Learn about the art and craft of photography while discovering the power of creating your own images.

Family Sundays are made possible through the generosity of New York Life Insurance Company. Additional support has been provided by Agnes Gund, Con Edison, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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