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CES at FSU Receives NEA Grant Award for Tibetan Monks Residency – The Mystical Arts of Tibet

CES at FSU Receives NEA Grant Award for Tibetan Monks Residency – The Mystical Arts of Tibet

CES at Frostburg State University has received a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a March 2017 residency with the Mystical Arts of Tibet. Seventeen other NEA grants were awarded to organizations throughout Maryland.

The five-day residency, which takes place from Sunday, March 5, through Thursday, March 9, involves the visit of Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loselang Monastery. The project is part of a tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing through sacred performing art.

The residency includes multiple free, public events, including workshops and lectures on Tibetan meditation, philosophy, art and culture.

A highlight of the project is the creation of a mandala sand painting in FSU’s Lewis J. Ort Library. Over the course of 33 hours and five days at FSU, community members can observe as the monks lay millions of grains of colored sand onto a flat platform to form the image of a mandala. The community is invited to complete an online survey to select the theme of the mandala to be created at

The process of sand painting is one of Buddhism’s most exquisite artistic traditions. Over the years, the Drepung Loselang monks have created sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers and universities throughout the United States and Europe.

The residency culminates with a public performance of “Sacred Music, Sacred Dance,” which combines traditional multiphonic chanting, sacred music and dance, as well as colorful costumes. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance on March 9 are $24 for adults and $21.60 for youth under 17. Corporate and group discount rates are also available.

For more information, contact the CES box office at 301-687-3137 or visit CES’ webpage at

In addition to NEA funding, the engagement of the Mystical Arts of Tibet is sponsored by the Peter and Iris Halmos Family Foundation. CES is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. The CES 60th Anniversary season is supported in part by the city of Frostburg and the FSU Foundation.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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