LITTLETON – Town Administrator Anthony M. Ansaldi Jr. and the Littleton Cultural Council are pleased to announce the successful grand opening of the Labyrinth Project.
The grand opening was held Thursday, June 23, from 4-7 p.m., at Castle in the Trees Playground, 300 King St. with over 100 people in attendance.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across the nation participated in the Kindness Rocks Program. Participants painted rocks and wrote messages, leaving them on trails or around their community to spread kindness. This program became popular in Littleton, with community members leaving rocks along the town’s 28 trails.
The Littleton Cultural Council embarked on an initiative to collect these rocks and create a labyrinth as public art through “Littleton Rocks On.”
The “Littleton Rocks On” project was done in partnership with Littleton artist Geralyn Miller, who has led several family-related art initiatives in town, including the mural in the cafeteria at Shaker Lane School and children’s art for the first Castle in the Trees playground. Miller founded the former Children’s Hands On Art Museum on Sanderson Road.
The project offers individuals an opportunity to participate in community-based public art, create a place for individuals to visit and gather, create a sense of connectedness through art, and encourage creative expression. Residents are encouraged to participate in playful interaction, as well as soulful contemplation, as they enter and walk through the labyrinth.
“We would like to thank everyone who came out to support this project. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the kindness of those who donated,” said LCC Chair Jeanne Bracken.”Within the past few years it has been hard to connect with others and often times we have forgotten how to be kind. With the launch of this project we hope it reminds the community of what we have been through, what our future holds, and what we can accomplish if we are a little kinder with one another.”
“I am truly honored to be able to help promote the great work of the Littleton Cultural Council. This is a reminder of how important working as a community is and coming together to support an interactive program for everyone in our community,” said Town Administrator Ansaldi. “I would also like to thank Geralyn, who helped the Cultural Council create this interactive art experience for all.”
The Cultural Council wishes to recognize support by and collaboration with the Select Board, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Highway Department.
The Cultural Council also wishes to thank M.J. Cataldo, Inc., Aggregate Industries, and Concord Building & Design Center for their donations toward the project.
About the Littleton Cultural Council
The Littleton Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state Legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.
For more information about the Littleton Cultural Council’s Third Thursday events, visit its Facebook page here.