Moving beyond Diversity to Inclusion, Building Community From the Inside Out, Using Art as the Threshold.
“Medicine Wheel is the Go to Organization for Art and Healing”
Ayanna Pressley – Boston City Councilor-at-Large
In 1992 we were invited by the Boston center for the arts to create an installation andritual to honor a Day Without Art/World AIDS Day. During the 24 hours of Dec 1, people carried stone to the center of the vast Cycolrama to mark the impact that HIV/AIDS was having. Two womaen tried to move the heaviest stone in the room. I offered to help and the young man, long dead from AIDS, ringing the gong offered. When I offered a third time one of hte woman turned to me and said. ” You don’t get this do you? Her son my nephew, just died form AIDS. This is our weight. My work as an asrtist and the owrk of Medicine Wheel began at that moment. We have been blessed to continue our work and will be installing the 25th Incarnation of Medicine Wheel this year at the Boston Center for the Arts.
“One of the most significant events ever in the City of Boston, involving thousands of artists, young and old, from every neighborhood over the years. Remembering the lives of some of the most beautiful people to ever grace the planet. “
Laura Brown, Artist