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Finding Patterns in Chaos

Family Sundays Online

Sunday, May 2, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM

Sundays are for families! Join the Rubin Museum live on Zoom every first Sunday of the month from the comfort of your own home for an afternoon of free activities both kids and grown-ups will enjoy.

This Month’s Theme: Finding Patterns in Chaos

When life feels chaotic, create art! Whirling feelings inside can make it hard to do things, but that’s okay! Together we will learn how that chaos can help us grow.

Join us as the Rubin Museum’s Brainwave program series and Family Sundays come together for the first time to explore perspectives on chaos and awareness by making art. Guided by Community Psychologist Rochele Royster, PhD, you’ll learn about the Buddhist mandala design, reflect on your personal challenges, and create a mandala-inspired artwork using found objects from home or nature! By grounding your mind and body through collective art making and storytelling, you’ll feel less trapped by the chaotic thoughts that cause anxiety, and you’ll take time to focus, meditate, and breathe.

Gather objects from your home and nature. You’ll need enough to fill your whole mandala. You can put your found objects in bowls or cups before you join the event.

Here are some ideas. Feel free to use other objects too!

  • Rocks, pebbles, stones
  • Buttons
  • Dried leaves
  • Fresh flowers
  • Rice, barley
  • Dried beans
  • Dried herbs, star anise, cinnamon sticks, fennel
  • Sticks
  • Fabric, yarn remnants, ribbon
  • Toothpicks
  • Jar tops
  • Paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Seashells

About the Speaker

Rochele Royster, PhD, ATR-BC, is an artist, art therapist, community psychologist, and educator in Chicago. She has worked for the last 20 years integrating art therapy into the educational setting working with neurodivergent youth, adolescents, and their families. She has taught at the Department of Art Therapy and Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Depaul University (Department of Education), and Adler School of Psychology (Clinical Psychology Department Doctoral Program). Using a transdisciplinary approach, she is interested in community- and school-based art therapy; race, power, and policy in education; multisensory methods in reading and literacy; trauma-informed classrooms; environmental justice; black disability and special education as it relates to the liberation of pedagogy and practice in institutional and public settings. Her dissertation developed as a grassroots approach to arts-based social change and addresses gun violence, death, and grief through memorials of resistance. She assisted in creating a transformative art-based social justice curriculum for Cities of Peace/Jane Addams Hull House, The Teacher Institute/Museum of Contemporary Art, and Office of Arts and Education at CPS, and she has conducted workshop series for Chicago Park District Young Cultural Stewarts and Art Seed teaching artists. She has also worked with sexual, domestic violence, and human trafficking survivors and Cambodian youth refugees. Rochele is a board director for the American Art Therapy Association. In the summer of 2021, Rochele will join Syracuse University as assistant professor of art therapy in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

About Brainwave 2021: Awareness

In our hyperconnected world it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and distracted. This may seem like a modern problem, but the earliest Buddhist teachings sought to help followers awaken from similar states of disconnection. From the Buddhist perspective, the first step to awakening is cultivating awareness.

Through the lens of neuroscience and psychology, the Rubin Museum’s 2021 Brainwave program series will explore awareness with speakers from different walks of life and experiment with tools to reconnect with ourselves, our surroundings, and our communities. Pay what you wish to attend any of this year’s programs.

Lead support for Brainwave is provided by Science Sandbox, an initiative of Simons Foundation, and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support is provided by Gerry Ohrstrom with program support provided by Cheryl Henson.

Family Sundays are made possible through the generosity of Agnes Gund, New York Life Insurance Company*, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, Con Edison, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as by generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors, and members.

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Tickets: Free

This program is for kids ages 3 and older with accompanying adults.

Find the Zoom link to connect to the program in your confirmation email. View our Frequently Asked Questions for more information, or contact the Box Office at for assistance.