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The Mystical Arts of Tibet Mandala Sand Painting

The Paine and The Grand Oshkosh have partnered to bring Tibetan monks to Oshkosh for a week-long visit. From March 17-24, the monks will share their ancient artistic practices with the community by creating a sand painting at the Paine and giving a performance of music and dance at the Grand.

The sand painting will begin Sunday, March 17 with an opening ceremony in the Paine’s Conservatory, where the monks will consecrate the site with chants and music. Then, they will draw an elaborate line design for a sacred mandala. Throughout the week, the monks will meticulously create the mandala with millions of grains of colorful sand.

During a closing ceremony on Sunday, March 24, the monks will consecrate the finished mandala with chants, music and mantra recitation before sweeping up the sand, a representation of the impermanence of all that exists. Some sand will be distributed to the audience for blessings of personal health and well-being.

In addition to the monk’s performance at The Grand on Saturday, March 23, the week will include lectures and educational programs on topics such as meditation and kindness as well as a community art project of creating Tibetan prayer flags.

Hours & Admission

Tuesday – Sunday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
$10 Adults
$5 Youth (ages 5-17)
Check out the complete schedule of events here.


Exhibit, Family Friendly, Handicap Accessible, Onsite Parking, Restrooms, WiFi Available