In 2002, Donna designed and taught “Circle of Life” art workshops inspired by nature and the sacred wheel of life at Holcomb Community Farm School (Granby, CT) and The Cobb School Montessori (Simsbury, CT).
In 2004, The Bushnell of Hartford hired Donna to design a vibrant art program about ‘community’ for second graders at Plainville Community Schools (CT). Donna designed the Community Mandala Collage (pictured here), and Community Mandala Project was born.
After several incredible years of teaching the Community Mandala Collage workshop to second graders in three Plainville Community Schools, it became evident that the workshops were not just for children. Adults in the classroom were loving them too and asking if they could have an extra set of materials to take home for their children and grandchildren.
This inspired Donna to adapt the workshop for adults. Her first clients included Susan Omilian’s Archangel Group for thriving after domestic violence (West Hartford, CT), CureArt’s addiction recovery programs (Collinsville, CT) and CancerCare’s family camp (Pennsylvania) for surviving family members of cancer.
In 2014, Hartford Performs brought CMP onboard with their team of 100+ teaching artists servicing Hartford public and charter schools where CMP workshops were very popular.
Since then, CMP has developed dozens of programs and facilitated hundreds of workshops.
Today, the workshop facilitator is on the road creating art inspired by nature, painting murals and offering creative services to empower people, communities and businesses.
CMP has worked with incredible people and organizations including Advocacy Unlimited, AIM for a Better Tomorrow, CancerCare, CT Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), Connecticut Women’s Consortium, Dogs Deserve Better, Farmington Valley Health District’s RGH program for veterans and community, Hartford Performs, The Bushnell of Hartford, schools, senior centers, recovery clubs, yoga centers, retreats, festivals, special events, home parties and more.
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