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    Engaged Communities

    Meditating on community in Macon, Ga.

    July 2, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Molly McWilliams Wilkins

    Photo by Molly McWilliams Wilkins.

    The brick pattern on the ground at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, Ga., may strike many people as just a clever design, but the purposeful lines in gray and tan are so much more: a call to slow down and to share a common experience with neighbors.

    Last week the Macon League of Creative Interventionists invited local residents to take a break from the frenetic pace of their daily lives to explore the stone labyrinth. The chapter formed earlier this spring during a Knight Foundation-supported visit by artist Hunter Franks, who founded the League of Creative Interventionists, an international network that aims to break down social barriers within communities. Each month the league celebrates a global theme. For June it was “slow.”

    “Life gets busy. We get so wrapped up in day-to-day responsibilities; we forget to take time to slow down and relax,” said Deonna Belcher, a member of the Macon League who assisted in organizing the event. “Everyone needs down time, time to simply be and breathe.”

    The labyrinth offers people a chance to do just that. Last year when the church needed to repair a patio, they decided to build the labyrinth as a replacement and open it for community use, said Ann Smith, the church’s spiritual director.

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    Arts

    DANCECleveland kicks off its 59th season

    July 1, 2014, 4:56 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Sarah Hricko, DANCECleveland From America's majestic West, to a kibbutz in Israel, to the Carnival spectacle of Brazil, DANCECleveland's 59th season will continue a tradition of bringing companies noted for unique artistic voices and distinctive styles to stages in northeast Ohio. The 2014-15 performance season will feature five extraordinary...

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    Arts

    BalletX presents Summer Series 2014

    July 1, 2014, 4:38 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Allie Vanyur, Ballet X BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, presents Summer Series 2014 featuring a world premiere full-length ballet by Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan. Inspired by the true story of Captain Edwin Musick, an American pilot who dared to cross the South Pacific, Sunset, o639 Hours is a celebration...

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