Linda Laino believes in art's ability to connect people from different cultures, economic statuses, languages and experiences. She created The Mandala Project as a way to bring art to those who may not have exposure to it on a daily basis. Linda is seeking partners who would like to help fund an original mandala mural for Centro Infantil de los Angeles, a non-profit daycare and preschool that provides free childcare for low-income families and single mothers in San Miguel de Allende.
Marginalized communities need the basics to be sure. The people that non-profits serve don't see themselves as having the luxury of art at their disposal, and so never understand the powerful ways that art can impact their lives. Creating a mandala mural for a community such as Centro Infantil de los Angeles can provide a way to dream and inspire as only art and poetry can.
Linda will create an original, 60" mandala mural painted in CILA's daycare. The location will be selected by the director to enhance the facility and where it is visible to all on a daily basis. Linda will create the design with the mission of the facility in mind, along with suggestions from teachers, parents and the director who will be the main beneficiaries.
Linda not only believes in the mandala's ability to inspire communities like CILA; she also believes that the mandala can create an environment of calm in places where calm and focus would be of benefit, such as hospitals, childcare centers and prisons. The benefits of viewing art are enormous, and the research is overwhelming in art's favor. Linda says: "Thanks to all of you who have so generously supported me in the past. I hope you will join me in creating this new project together!"