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First Fridays @ the Museum: Sex, Sin & 69 Opening and Sand Mandala

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For First Fridays Red Deer this September, check out the popup exhibit Sex, Sin & 69 located inside the MAG’s permanent history exhibition, Remarkable Red Deer: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland; and watch visiting Tibetan Monks create a Sand Mandala in our Stewart Discovery Studio.

First Fridays Red Deer at the MAG are free to attend; donations are welcome. Enjoy some light refreshments and snacks.

About Sex, Sin & 69:

In June 1969, Canada enacted landmark legislation to “decriminalize” homosexuality nationwide. 50 years later, there is a need to explore how this history continues to impact our community. Making its way across Canada on a national tour, Sex, Sin & 69 is a ground-breaking 80-minute documentary and complementary photo exhibit. Together these pieces explore diverse voices from across Canada’s contemporary queer community as they relate to Bill C-150 and shaping LGBTQI2S movements into the future.

Canada owns a legacy of state-sponsored discrimination against LGBTQI2S communities. This continues to present as entrenched homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and the suppression of Two-Spirit Indigenous Peoples. This history of state suppression did not cease in 1969, and the LGBTQI2S community continues to fight for respect, equity, and inclusion across Canada.

About the Sand Mandalas:

Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Dzongkar Choede monastery (India) will be in the Stewart Discovery Studio creating a Sand Mandala. Drop-in during our regular gallery hours to observe their work!

“Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “world in harmony” and serves as a tool for guiding individuals along the path of enlightenment. Monks begin construction of the sand mandala by consecrating the site with sacred chants and music. Millions of grains of coloured sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of several days, forming an intricate diagram of the enlightened mind and the ideal world.

The mandala’s purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones. The monks then enact the impermanent nature of existence by sweeping up the coloured grains and dispersing them in flowing water to bless and purify the water.

According to Buddhist scripture, sand mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them…” Taken from Dzongkar Choede Monastery pamphlet.

Event Dates

Dates Times
September 6, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue Details

  • Address: 4525 47A ST, T4P 6Z6, Red Deer
  • Phone: 4033098405

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

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