Archetype : Community Art
Gratitude to the community visionaries Robert Marion and Erica Snowlake who create, design and manage a community mandala project in Roberts Creek which is repainted every year.
When the community comes together to make art, its a very special thing. Relationships are built, opportunities discovered and all sorts of co-operative initiatives are seeded. Whether its an intersection, playground or park, the process and product of inviting the community to join in public art making installations is a beautiful way to create conscious community.
The Roberts Creek Community Mandala is a non-profit, public art work open to everyone with an inner artist to share. Now in its fourteenth year, the Mandala has evolved from a humble creation of five friends to over 500 actively painting participants. The design, laid in white latex paint on an asphalt surface, is filled in by the mandala's crew of organizers/artists. Each year the public is invited to choose a specific "canvas" in which to share their artistic vision. Paint, brushes, and all other necessary implements are supplied. Creativity is encouraged in a sacred space of focused intention, as children of all ages bring the Mandala, in rainbow colors, newly back to life each summer. Public painting takes place from July 17th-23rd, noon to 7 pm, and celebrates its completion in accordance with the MannaFestival, a day of dancing, music and gathering on July 25th.
Mandala Photography : Chris Yeske : www.adifferentpointofview.com