The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Labyrinth Through Fear: A Gift Event

Truth School Series Class:
This is a three-part series. Participants are expected to attend all three classes. Though the
workshop is free, we must have a minimum of 6 registered participants in order to hold the
class. Please register at by September 18. Thank You.

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: The Pan African Historical Museum USA, Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, #2,
Springfield, MA

This three-part workshop series offers participants the opportunity to help shape a “site for revelation” in which to transform the energy of fear and adversity into courage and hope. Through movement meditation, free writing, storytelling, and theater activities, unknown gifts of the Labyrinth will reveal themselves. This fear I face/ is a deeper breath I take/ is the courage I share. The gift of fear, small or large, is a daily gift. Taking the risk to face fear invites and supports us to move, step by step, through a constricted space into the next level of fearlessness, confidence, and transformation. All are welcome, there are no-pre-requisites for this class, just
come with an open heart.


Janet Aalfs, poet laureate emeritus of Northampton, community educator, performer, and peace
activist has been sharing weavings of poetry and martial arts dance locally, nationally, and
internationally for more than forty years. Founder and director of Lotus Peace Arts at Valley
Women’s Martial Arts, she is thrilled to be on this integrative arts adventure with Ingrid Askew.

Ingrid Askew, a theatre maker, cultural activist, and the Executive Director of Crossing the
Waters Institute for Cultural Exchange. Ms. Askew lives in the Pioneer Valley and also in Cape
Town, South Africa, where she facilitates theatre-making projects with community activists and
artists. Her most recent project is “Labyrinth Through Fear” which she developed with Janet

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