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Mandala Lab Trustee Challenge

Mandala Lab Trustee Challenge


As a destination where emotions, wisdom, and learning meet, the Mandala Lab can—and will—transform and inspire not just Museum visitors, but people all over the world. The Board is energized to bring the Lab’s teachings far beyond the Rubin’s galleries. Please join us!”

Noah P. Dorsky, President, Board of Trustees

The Rubin Museum’s generous Board of Trustees is collectively offering a 1:1 challenge, doubling the impact of your gift to support the Mandala Lab multiyear initiative. Trustees will match up to $100,000 in gifts of $5,000 and above. We welcome multiyear pledges, too!

Your philanthropy will fund the Lab’s innovative art and emotional health programs to engage audiences around the world in meaningful ways that are accessible, wide reaching, instructive, and fun!

Current and future projects:

Traveling Mandala Lab

Commissioned for the Wellbeing Summit in Bilbao, Spain, the traveling Mandala Lab expands the Museum’s global programming. In Bilbao, the Mandala Lab welcomed 18,000 visitors within 17 days and will continue to tour in public spaces in cities around the world.

Virtual Mandala Lab

We are exploring a future digital expression of the Mandala Lab to enlighten global audiences of all ages and truly meet people where they are.

AWAKEN Podcast

Launched in 2021, AWAKEN is a Webby Honoree podcast about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” Season 2 explores the transformative power of emotions using a Tibetan Buddhist mandala as a guide. Listeners anywhere in the world will have access to the wisdom and knowledge of the Rubin’s esteemed guests.

In-person and Virtual Curriculum Development for Schools (K-12)

In partnership with Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, we are incorporating Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning into our K-12 curriculum. This dynamic learning, which integrates the Mandala Lab’s experiential teachings, prepares students to be global citizens, integrating attention training, the cultivation of compassion and care, and an appreciation of interdependence.

Family Sundays

Our popular Family Sundays program is offered to children (ages 3 and older) and their grown-ups free of charge. It takes place weekly from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Mandala Lab.

We warmly encourage your support, questions, and ideas. Please contact us to learn more!

Jillian Flexner, Senior Manager, Major Gifts
212.620.5000 x203;

Francesca Paldino, Coordinator, Major Gifts & Institutional Philanthropy
212.620.5000 x213;

“We want to meet people where they are in our global world—locally, nationally, internationally—to give potential audiences the greatest access to these experiential teachings. When we understand our emotions, we can shift our perspective, and let empathy and compassion grow in both ourselves and others—an ability so much needed in our world right now.” — Tim McHenry, Chief Programmatic Officer

Lead support of the Mandala Lab is provided by 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 the 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, 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, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, New York Life Insurance Company, and New York Life.

The Mandala Lab (Bilbao) has been commissioned by The Wellbeing Project as part of the artistic programming for the inaugural Wellbeing Summit (June 1–-3, 2022) in Bilbao, generously supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global.

Public funding is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the 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.

The Mandala Lab’s multi-year campaign is underway, and our supporter list is in formation.

The Robert H.N. HO family foundation
the wellbeing project