Last year, I reached out to you to help us take a talented young writer, Roberto Valdez, on our Artist Retreat to Italy. It was truly a life changing event in his young life. Because of the success of this effort, we have set up the Roberto Valdez Scholarship for International Travel for a young artist who has been involved at Medicine Wheel.
This year’s candidate is Devin Brock. Devin is one of the most gifted and visionary young men I have ever met. I am always telling him that some day he will be the Artistic Director at Medicine Wheel.
When I first met Devin, he was a student at the Boston Latin School and his life seemed full of promise. Like many creative souls he soon became caught up in drinking and drugs. For a couple of years his life seemed to spiral out of control. When we were applying for the P&G Gillette Hope and Recovery Grant, Devin told me the most stunning story; that he had smoked heroin before he had started shaving.
Today he is enrolled at the Recovery High School, Ostiguy High. He recently celebrated a year of sobriety. He was also awarded the “Medicine Man” Award for taking such courageous steps in his life. He currently works in our after school program and has become a peer leader, spokesperson, and advocate. He is also a gifted artist. I’m hoping that this retreat to Italy will allow him to connect deeply to the creative process.
Like last year we are looking for 300 people to pledge $10.00 each to make this possible. Last year we met the challenge in the first week.
Thank you for your help with this!
Artistic Director (until Devin is ready to take over)
Donations can be made online by clicking here. Checks (made payable to Medicine Wheel Productions) can also be sent to:
Medicine Wheel Productions
110 K Street
South Boston, MA 02127