Dedicated to Mental Health and Suicide Awareness is a public Sanctuary created for the purpose of proving a publicly therapeutic atmosphere, with art as the defining concept in it's construction with Mental illness and suicide awareness being it's most significant cause. A scenic "Healing Garden Art Park" for those seeking an local necessity of visual peaceful surroundings. The Healing Garden Art Park is an non-profit organization promoting visual artistic displays, garden art, murals and textile sculpture from local artist donating their efforts from composition to finish, influencing an air serenity and wellness providing Artist and Non-Artist wanting to indulge creative works with Art Park onsite built-in steel easels giving public interactive appeal, eclectic atmosphere accommodating them with a new artistic flare healing garden experience.
The Base of The Flower– Represents the love for people within the heart and shadows of heads the seat of intellect, healing and growth to center the mind.
The Stem of The Flower- Represents healing and growth of the human mind.
The Center of The Flower– The brain radiating healing energy a transformation of multi-colored therapeutic sound mind and array of colors creating "The Flower of Peace"
JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. — (WTAJ Plus) — The lot sitting near the intersection of Napoleon and Haynes Streets sit empty today, but in a few months, it will be turned into a healing garden art park. “I have a vision dedicated to mental health and suicide awareness where people can come and enjoy the artwork. There’s going to be murals up, textiles, woodwork, metal, sculpture and we’re going to have permanent easels in a circle here where people can enjoy themselves bringing their canvas and painting on the grounds,” said artist Lila Samuels. Lila Samuels is a New York native lived in Johnstown PA for 20yrs which is now her home. She says the healing park, even in its early stages, has already made an impact in the community. Two weeks ago, Lila and some others were working in the park, and then this happened… “A lady came up with a wheelchair and asked a young man to help her because she felt like she was going to hurt herself. The young man responded, called the ambulance. she didn’t even know the cause…and it’s like a calling for me because I feel like she was sent here. This park is healing people as we speak.” Samuels isn’t a stranger to dealing with mental health. “My family came from a mental health background. My mother was diagnosed with Catatonic Schizophrenia, I lost my sister and my niece of suicide and it’s really running rampant in this area.” She says with the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone needs a spot where they can get away. “The community and people need a place to go where they can reflect on their inner selves and enjoy the beauty of a park and somewhere to get out and share their emotions, share their healing and heal together.”
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Completed June 2022
Locals Admiring "Gigi Statue"