“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Art transforms Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service which empowers and strengthens local communities. Following the stewardship model so closely embraced by Museum co-founder James Michener, we have organized an annual MLK program since 2011.
The efforts of a local high schooler helped the Michener host its first MLK program. We brought together students from Palisades High School, and Neighborhood First, an organization in Lower Bucks County that works with at-risk youth. The efforts of over 50 students that day – baking cookies, painting t-shirts, making blankets, and writing letters – provided a much-needed service to the Bucks County Housing Group, an organization that supports 13 housing shelters and serves thousands of homeless children and families throughout the county.
In the years that followed, we have collaborated with other organizations in meaningful ways to reach out to the community with Michener volunteers in honor of Dr. King. Our efforts have created a letter writing exchange and exhibition between Bucks County families and Maasai children living in Kenya. This exchange culminated in an Education Gallery exhibition called “Small World, Big Hearts: The Maasai at the Michener.” In 2018, a partnership with The Hexagon Project will focus on enhancing understanding of global interdependence.
Sponsored by The Leff Family Foundation