Call To Artists

call to artistsCALLING ALL ARTISTS


In 1987 a small group gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would forget.  This action served as the beginning of the Names Project, Also known as the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  On December 1, 1989 A Day Without Art began as a National Day of Mourning in response to the AIDS Crisis. In 1989 Boston Artists created thousands of 12” x 4” paper prayers in response to a call by Yerserki Gallery, well-known artists, students, youth, and children did these. In 1992 Medicine Wheel was built in the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts.  The Medicine Wheel Vigil has become an enduring testimony to HIV/AIDS in our lives.

In those early years we were being asked the unimaginable question,

Where would we be without art?

This year I invite the artistic community of Boston, New England and beyond to give testimony and invite reflection on the power of art help us navigate and facilitate who we are for ourselves and who we can be for one another.

For visual artists: create a 4 foot by 4 foot panel to become part of a mural to line the walls of the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts.  Work should be based in bearing witness, testimony, remembrance, love, loss, longing and survival

v  Paint and Panels are available for pick up at Medicine Wheel 110 K Street, South Boston, MA 02127.

  • Limited palette of Black and red
  • Other materials may be added but they should be black and red as well

v  We can arrange to deliver panels to you or your groups

v  You can join us at Medicine Wheel and work on your panel here: through Thursday November 18th

  • Tuesdays, 1:00 pm -9:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 am -9:30 pm
  • Thursdays, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm

Panels Should be returned to Medicine Wheel, 110 K Street by November 21, 0r delivered by noon time on November 28th to the Cyclorama Building of the Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont Street.

For performing artists: Help us sanctify Medicine Wheel by making an artistic of poetry, song, dance, music or performance.  Each year we invite artists to offer a breathtaking experience to mark each hour of the 24-hour vigil.

For the spiritual community:
Mark one of the 24 hours with a blessing, prayer, ritual or meditation

For the public:  Join us from City Hall Plaza on November 30th 10:45 pm as we light City Hall red and process to the cyclorama for the 24 hour Medicine wheel Vigil

Join us and cast your hand to create a spiral of interlocking hands to honor our connections. Vigil begins at 11:30 pm, Wednesday 11/30/16 and goes for the full 24 hours of Thursday 12/01/16

For more info call 617-268-6700 or 617-872-6065

Or email

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