Founded in 2004 by Donna Gentile, Community Mandala Project (CMP) is an initiative offering art workshops to heal, empower and strengthen people, relationships and communities. Donna taught art workshops at Holcomb Community Farm School (Granby, CT), The Cobb School Montessori (Simsbury, CT) and Plainville Community Schools via The Bushnell of Hartford’s PARTNERS Program (CT). Following that, she adapted her Community Mandala Collage workshop for domestic violence recovery and addiction recovery and then went on to design and teach more workshops for seniors, adults, veterans, children and teens. In 2014, Hartford Performs brought Gentile onboard with their team of 100+ teaching artists servicing Hartford public and charter schools where CMP workshops were very popular. In addition to schools, Donna has taught at senior centers, community centers, festivals, recovery clubs, special events, yoga studios, home parties and more, and has worked with incredible organizations like CancerCare, CT Dept of Mental Health & Addiction Svcs (DMHAS), Connecticut Women’s Consortium, AIM for a Better Tomorrow, Farmington Valley Health District and many more.
Today, Gentile has taken to the road and is currently offering music, art and design in Tucson, Arizona and beyond.