is a new model of inclusion that uses cultural action to facilitate moving from resistance to reconciliation by creating public art together. This work explores and challenges the capacity to humanize “the other” in our lives. The result of this experience is the recognition of our common stories. This project will create bridges between populations, which typically experience conflict with one another. The current focus of the Hand in Hand project is bringing Boston Police officers and young community members together in an all-day workshop. Each participating young person is paired with a police officer for the day.
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Each year we bring a young Medicine Wheel artist with us on our annual retreat to Italy.
A few years ago I Would have never dreamed that I would be in a position to be something other than negative to my community. I was basically just running around getting money any way I could, selling drugs and robbing people became a completely normal part of my life. Since I never got caught doing anything “really bad” I gained a false sense of invulnerability, which led to me being more brazen in my actions. Long story short I was arrested and charged with some very serious crimes and faced the possibility of a lengthy prison stay. Thankfully I was able to plead out to lesser charges. The reason I bring that up is I believe that if I can turn my life around for the better why can’t someone else do the same. I’m not saying you can just wake up one day and your life is going to be great just by you wanting it to be, people need to take action and be able to ask others for help because believe it or not there are so many people willing to help others help themselves. That is what
we are trying to do; we want to help continue in the realization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s. dream of a better community for all not for some but for ALL. How are we going to do this you may ask and my answer would be I’m not entirely sure yet, we just hope to be able to get people talking and see what they are talking about in a
truly honest way and from there maybe something else can happen maybe one person might decide to go back to school maybe another will decide they have had enough of the streets and reach out for help. I know that is a lot of maybes but I see
them as possibilities as well. You as well as any person I have ever met knows the importance of having a positive influence in your life no matter who the influence is they give you support to keep on keeping on. I would like to thank you in being a partner with us and if we can only reach one person and help them realize they can
have a better future then we have succeeded although I would like to have a bigger impact on more but it starts with one at a time.
Richard Dinsmore Advocacy and Public Art Coordinator Medicine Wheel Productions
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