The James A. Michener Art Museum and the Community Labyrinth Committee (JoAnn Maroney, Maria Starr, Connie Fenty, Patty White, Bonnie Olliver, Judy Stratton, Jean Weston, Lou White and Frank Gallagher) welcome the community to walk the Community Labyrinth at the Michener June 1, 7:30 to 8:30 pm. The Community Labyrinth at the Michener is at the corner of Pine and East Ashland streets.
Doylestown Mayor Libby White will speak and lead the ribbon cutting after a Native American blessing by Bluejay and Nokomis.
The idea for the Michener’s Community Labyrinth came from JoAnn Maroney, who lives across the street from it. Maroney was inspired by a labyrinth she saw at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. With her committee, Maroney oversaw the necessary fundraising and recruited volunteers to construct the path from Belgian block and crushed red stone.
The Labyrinth will be framed with a perennial flower bed and other plantings. “There will be a four-leaf clover at the center of the labyrinth, which has personal meaning for me and was my inspiration for the Community Labyrinth at the Michener,” says Maroney.
“We are happy to partner with our neighbors on this community project,” says Michener Director/CEO Bruce Katsiff. “It aligns perfectly with our mission to educate our community and develop a lifelong involvement in the arts, as well as nurture a wide range of audiences.”
A labyrinth is an ancient and mysterious pattern that is representative of one’s journey in life. Unlike a maze where you encounter a wrong turn or a dead end, the labyrinth has one way in, leading to the center, and one way out. You can never get lost in a labyrinth…the idea is to “find” something! The labyrinth pattern is known to be thousands of years old, dating back to Greek mythology and before organized religion. The traditional 11 circuit labyrinth, found on the floor of the medieval Chartres Cathedral in France, is probably the most famous. The seven circuit pattern is also traditional and widely used and is a perfect fit for the Michener lot.
Walking a labyrinth can be a meditative experience…staying on the winding path, sometimes moving toward the center, then away from it again, eventually leading to the center. Because of potential healing and problem-solving benefits, labyrinths are being installed in hospitals and school playgrounds.
The community will continue to maintain the labyrinth with volunteers. The Michener contributed $1,000 to the project, budgeted at $13,000 to $15,000. To date, $9,000 has been raised. To volunteer or contribute, contact Maroney at email@example.com.