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Gather at City Hall Plaza for the beginning of our annual Medicine Wheel Vigil for Day Without Art/World AIDS Day

Gather at 10:45 P. M City Hall Plaza

11:00 P. M. Lighting of City Hall Red in awareness of WORLD AIDS DAY and 25 YEARS OF MEDICINE WHEEL

Welcome From the City

Innvocation:  Rev Daniel Smith

Procession to the Boston Center for the Arts, Cyclorama Building and a vigil for the full 24 hours of Thursday December 1, 2016

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October 5, 2016
5:00 pm
Curatorial tour of Tír na nÓg
with Medicine Wheel Chief Curator Kathleen Bitetti
Gather on the Feway steps of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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DECEMBER 1, 2016
25TH ANNUAL MEDICINE WHEEL VIGIL
A DAY WITHOUT ART/WORLD AIDS DAY

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August 1, 2015

BOSTON CREATES

Boston is a city of innovation, diversity and collaboration. A city where creativity thrives. We see it in every neighborhood and community and it is among our most powerful assets. Boston Creates, under the leadership of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, is a community-wide effort to harness this creativity, to build a shared vision for arts and culture.

10:00 AM -NOON COMMUNITY CONVERSATION AT MEDICINE WHEEL  READ MORE…..

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SPOKE GALLERY RECEPTION 5-7 pm

3 pm Guided King Terminal Artist Studio Tour-

meet at Meet at Spoke Gallery/Medicine Wheel 110 K St 2nd Floor

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Past events

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A Day Without Art

World AIDS Day

December 1, 2014

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MWP-02127-02210-ShowPostcard-MEDJune 22nd to August 23rd 2013

Reception: June 22nd 5 to 7pm

Gallery Talk: June 22nd 7pm

02127/02210 is Medicine Wheel Productions’ annual summer exhibition featuring the artists who live and/or have their art practice based in the two zip codes of South Boston.

This is the second annual 02127/02210 and it is featuring the work of ten outstanding artists: Ibrahim Ali-Salaam, Bill Frew, Nathan Fried-Lipski, Vanessa Irzyk, Jacob Kulin, Joyce McDaniel, Andrew Neumann, Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano, Claudia Ravaschiere, and Christine Vaillancourt.

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January 12th  to March 16th 2013

Ahmed Abdalla • Genara Banzon
L’Merchie Frazier • Dell M. Hamilton
Josephine Pergola • Dan McCole
Courtney Moy • Mario Quiroz

Reception, Saturday, January 12th, 5 to 7pm

Gallery Talk, January 12th 7pm

Performance: Linger by Dell M. Hamilton, Thursday, January 24th 7pm

Save the Date: Thursday, March 7th at 7pm
Screening of the documentary- Adrift-
co-produced by South Boston based film maker Tracy Heather Strain. The film, co-produced by Tom Curran, is a “meditative portrait of loss in an Irish American family”.

For more information about the exhibit call 617-268-6700
or email kbitetti@mwproductions.org.


MEDICINE WHEEL APPEAL

DECEMBER 1st 2012

For centuries the beauty of art has celebrated life, honored the dead, and impacted those left behind. We see ourselves, and the ghosts of our loved ones, in memorials like the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. Art is often the threshold into timeless events that chart the human heart and soul.

In 2012, Medicine Wheel has continued to use art as a conduit for entering communities in need and helping them to heal. At MWP, as artists, as humanitarians, as an organization, we strive to create a brave new normal, a normal where all voices are honored, all skin colors embraced, all religions sacred, all opinions respected, all hopes ordained, all freedoms preserved, all dreams dreamt. I used to think that asking for money was the most difficult part of these projects. I now realize that it is an invitation for people to become part of something bigger, a truth that sets people – and keeps people – free.

In 1992, I built the first Medicine Wheel, for A Day Without Art/ World AIDS Day. I scattered stones throughout the cavernous Cyclorama building at the Boston Center for the Arts. I invited people to carry a stone to the center of the room to build a memorial cairn. When I saw two women struggling with a large stone, I offered to help. They refused, struggled more, and again I offered to lift it for them. After three offers of help, one of the women stopped, looked me in the eye and said;  “You don’t get this, do you? Her son, my nephew, just died from AIDS. This is our weight.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of that simple gesture – a gesture that changed my life forever and taught me what I know about what we do with our loss. To honor that I invite you to once again join me at the Boston Center for the Arts on December 1, 2012, with a stone and a story of what connects you to each other, to your loved ones, to this Earth, our collective home.

Also, on August 28, 2013, we invite you to join with us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech. Together, we will ring Pleasure Bay at Castle Island with thousands of lanterns to create a beacon of light, of hope, of inclusion. Please consider bringing your church, school, club, family or friends to one of the many lantern-making workshops we will hold between now and next August. (Details can be found on the website.)

There are many sacred places in the world: places that seem naturally sacred and those that are made sacred by the people who consecrate them. The circle has been used by many cultures as a place for ceremony. The ancient Celts used Stonehenge, the Indians the Wheel of Salvation, Buddhists the mandala, and Native Americans the Medicine Wheel. The circle with no beginning or end is a way of honoring the connections of all life through prayer, dance, song and ritual.

Won’t you please choose to join us inside this circle today by making a donation to our year- end campaign? Your generosity will reverberate profoundly, create hope and light in a season when both are not to be taken for granted.

Thank you.

Michael Dowling, Artistic Director
mdowling@mwproductions.org


 

 

 

 

 

A Rainbow Ritual to Honor All Souls
A Participatory Arts Ceremony

NOVEMBER 2nd  2012

7pm Free & open to the pubic

Medicine Wheel, 110 K Steet, 2nd floor, South Boston, MA 02127

Many indigenous cultures and [ancient] societies honor the winter solstice with a festival or celebration of light—All Souls Day, Yalda, Day of the Dead, as we descend into the time of the year with the least amount of sunlight. This is also a time that people have traditionally celebrated or offered prayers for the care of the souls of ancestors and their safe crossing into Light. We invite everyone from all paths to bring your way and/or an exploratory heart to a common celebration of ancestry, soul and light.

In conjunction with the Terrain exhibit installation, Altar/Alter, Gail A. Burton invites you to come into the warmth and creativity of Medicine Wheel Productions to share food and drink, stories, poems, prayers, photos—to collage memories, keep good company and connect our ancestors in a wall of lanterns and light. We will communally bid them farewell and safe journeys; and begin to walk our common path into the future more peaceably and less alone.

We encourage you to–

Bring food and drinks from your folks to share with each other. Warm cider and soul cakes will be our staple.
Share a prayer, music, song, or a family/cultural tradition to honor each other, the inevitable return of Light and our loved ones both here and gone.

Help build a community altar to add to the Altar/Alter installation created by Gail A. Burton as a genealogical map to connect us to our shared humanity.

Share memories of your loved ones that you bring as a photograph, poem, story or song to collage onto a lantern.

Add the lantern to the Altar/Alter OR take it home to add to or begin your own ancestral altar OR bring it back to Medicine Wheel on August 28th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” speech in honor of our great historical ancestor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his continued American legacy.

Come one. Come all.


Moradokmai Theatre Troupe–will be performing at Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) on Thursday, October 11th at 7pm.  This performance is part of their U.S tour that is stopping in New York City at the Performing the World conference, and is also  making stops in Vermont, Colorado and San Francisco. The MWP performance is free and open to the public* and is in conjunction with the MWP’s Spoke Gallery exhibition, Terrain, which runs until November 16th.
TERRAIN at the Spoke Gallery >>

Moradokmai Theatre Troupe is an educational theater troupe that uses theater and performance to address illiteracy and support the development and survival needs of young people in rural Thailand.  Using a traditional and holistic applied approach to theater, they perform in costumes influenced by their native Thailand and incorporate an understanding of the temple, the music (including traditional instruments, movement and theater forms of the culture and the practical use of storytelling in educating the performer and audience.  Moradokmai began as a theatre troupe, founded by Khru Chang, a beloved figure in Thai theatre.

*The Moradokmai Theatre Troupe will bring some Thai small souvenirs to put on sale and all benefits will go to helping them recover from the 2011 floods which destroyed their facilities in Thailand.


Register now for Fall Studio School classes. Join us for one of our Studio School classes, including painting and stone carving. Click here to download our registration form and to learn more. Questions? Email Michael Dowling at mdowling@mwproductions.org.

September 22-November 16: “Terrain” Exhibit. A reception will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 5-7pm. This exhibit features the work of nine artists and one artists founded & run organization and explores the word terrain and all of its multiple meanings. For more information, click here.

Saturday, September 29: 100 Thousand Poets for Change from 1pm-3pm at the Boston Public Library. This historic global event is free and open to the public. Many local and notable poets, writers, artists, musicians, city and state luminaries and patrons of the Arts will also be in attendance for this gala event. Click here for more details.

Saturday, September 29: Small Press Festival at 7pm. Medicine Wheel Productions in collaboration with the Ibbetson Street Press  is proud to present A Celebration of the Small Presses at the home of Medicine Wheel Productions in South Boston. For more information, click here.

 

These cultural events are supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events. They are also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.