We just matched a $25,000 Challenge Grant for Daniel Morrison Fellows

Daniel Morrison Fellows 

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US REACH THIS GOAL!

We have just MATCHED a $25,000 challenge grant from Linda Zug to help fund our Full time youth employment program.  We still need help to expand this program so please  read more and donate today!

Serenity 2

“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”.  Richie Dinsmore  former youth at MW, now Director   of  Public Art and Advocacy

Some perspective; Resources for Building an Equitable Non Profit

67505318_10217536220452248_1734251555823026176_nToday at our weekly staff meeting we took a significant step in looking at specific problems within our organization and began to openly and respectfully talk about them. We are a committed board, leadership, and staff dedicated to including equity training with strategic planning as we more into the next phase of our work.

101986594_10220463850961181_640313692354254836_o

Emmitt Till, August 28, 1955

Medgar Evers, June 12, 1963

Malcolm X, February 21, 1965

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  April 4, 1968

Rodney King, March 3, 1991

Amadou Diallo, February 4, 1999

Sean Bell, November 25, 2006

Trayvon Martin, February 26, 2012

Michael Brown, August 9, 2014

Eric Garner, December 30, 2017

Ahmaud Arbery, February 23, 2020

Breonna Taylor, March 13, 2020

George Floyd, May 25, 2020

Tony McDade,  May 27, 2020

Rem’mie Fells, June 8, 2020

Riah Milton, June 9, 2020

Rayshard Brooks, June 12, 2020

Oluwatoyin Salau, June 13, 2020

And so many more…named and unnamed

It is time for a long overdue reckoning.

The assault and murder of Black and Brown people by law enforcement, vigilantes and regular citizens, since the first African peoples were brought to this country in chains, is a haunting travesty and legacy that must be acknowledged and truly confronted.  The names George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks are the latest victims of an out of control, militarized police force.  In 1992 when officers on trial for the beating of Rodney King were acquitted, the subsequent response, almost thirty years ago, did nothing to change the racist policies of stop and frisk or the beating and murdering of Black people, particularly Black men and Black trans women.

As a nation, we revisited all this with Trayvon Martin’s murder at the hands of a civilian.  It seemed like maybe, just maybe, this time, the creation of Black Lives Matter and the response they led would have lasting impact.  Yet again, George Zimmerman, the murderer of another young black man was acquitted.

MWProductions has always and will always stand with Black Lives Matter and their mission.  Our purpose is to use art as a healing threshold to inclusion, true equity and equality.  Artist-facilitated social action that encourages difficult dialogues concerning some of the most important and consequential issues of our time will continue to be our guide forward.

Two key events that have forced the conversation are the pandemics of covid and racism. For MWP a way to embrace hope, is to keep the conversation centered on all of our experienced truths.  Touched, Alive, Hope is a new multi-media art installation that is intended to bring together many hands and many voices from around the world, fostered by a partnership between Violence Transformed and Medicine Wheel Productions.

Here are a few resources to help navigate the road to building an inclusive and equitable non profit.  Click on images for more info.

Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 3.15.45 PMScreen Shot 2020-06-18 at 3.19.04 PMScreen Shot 2020-06-18 at 3.20.48 PM

DAY WITHOUT ART/WORLD AIDS DAY AND NATIONAL BLACK HIV AWARENESS DAY VIGILS

CALL TO ARTISTS

DAY WITHOUT ART/WORLD AIDS DAY AND NATIONAL BLACK HIV AWARENESS DAY 24 HOUR VIRTUAL VIGILS

ZOOM ROOMS OPEN AT 11:30 PM NOVEMBER 30TH AND 11:30 PM FEB 6TH

ZOOM LINK

10404416_10204396246521112_3053304768919603048_n-1

For 29 years, Medicine Wheel Productions/SPOKE has been at the intersection of art and healing. Beginning in 1992, we responded to the AIDS/HIV crisis that was ravaging communities in deadly silence and no government response. Every year, for World AIDS Day, on December 1, MWP mounts a 24 hour vigil and art installation for Day With(out) Art where people come to remember and grieve as a community while hundreds of performing artists over the course of the day present prayers, spoken word, dance, music and chanting.

A Day Without Art/WOLRD AIDS Day,  December 1, 2020  through

National Black HIV Awareness Day,   February 7, 2021

On December 1st, we will kick off programming by running a 24 hour loop stream on MW youtube channel. This footage will consist of MW artists over the last 30 years plus any new contributions from artists within the community. After this date, we will have an artist workshop/online open mic once a week preferably every Wednesday at 6-7pm leading up to National Black HIV Awreness Day on February 7th where we will run a 24 hour loop stream on MW youtube channel, this footage incorporating more clips and pieces focused on health and medical professionals especially African Americans.

CALL TO ARTISTS

please fill out and return this form by December 15th be included in the February 7th vigil!

Registration form