Tibetans in Philadelphia


13 Apr Tibetans in Philadelphia

From Monday, April 13th, through Friday, April 17th, Tibetan sand mandala artist Losang Samten will be in residence in the gallery at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, creating a painting out of colored sand over the course of a week, while visitors watch. Daily, 2:00 – 7:00 pm.

On Thursday, April 16th, K-12 educators are invited for a special “Supper Club” potluck dinner during which they will discuss resources for incorporating Tibetan arts, culture, and immigrant stories into the classroom. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. On Sunday, April 19th, Losang Samten will conclude his residency with a Tibetan sand mandala dismantling ceremony. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

April 11, 4 PM – 6 PM – Opening of the Exhibition
Weekly, many Philadelphia Tibetans gather for “Tibetan Sunday School,” sharing Tibetan language, songs and stories with their children. Monthly, they participate in Lhakar, strategic non-violent resistance buttressing Tibetan cultural practices in the face of oppression in their homeland. Annually, they celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday through ritual and a community pot-luck. This exhibition highlights commitments to community and culture. Co-curated with the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia.

April 13 – 17, 2 PM – 7 PM daily
April 19, 1 PM Dismantling
Award-winning mandala artist Losang Samten returns for his annual residency, creating an image of the universe in colored sand over the course of a week. Stop by to observe, and to speak with Losang about his process and the stories and messages embedded in this art of Tibet, his homeland. On Sunday, April 19th, Losang will preside over a dismantling ceremony during which the mandala is swept into a glass vase, and then transported to a body of water, where the sand is returned to nature. All are invited to accompany Losang to the Schuylkill River Banks after the ceremony at our office.

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