Days Without Art/ National Black HIV Awareness Day Workshops!

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Watch our February 7th stream here on Youtube

Medicine Wheel Productions/SPOKE presents Days Without Art, bringing together more than 30 artists from across Greater Boston to raise community consciousness of the connections between health and racial justice for Blacks and other people of color.

Days Without Art began with a virtual, multidisciplinary exhibition Sunday, Feb. 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and continues with online public programs through February, African American History Month. Join us Wednesday February 24th  from 6:00 pm -7:00 pm on Zoom. for an open mic  with Durane West

Medicine Wheel will present work from Black Bostonians from across cultural, health care, and other sectors every Wednesday evening through February and beyond. Musicians, poets, dancers, painters and designers will create and repurpose work that speaks to issues such as health, wellness, equity, inclusion, awareness, resilience, and/or artistic expression.

Leading this innovative project is Amanda Shea, a spoken word poet, social activist, and teaching artist. Participating artists include Edward “D Ruff” Bryant, Sublimeluv, Dell Hamilton, Cedric “Vice1” Douglas, & Letta Neely.

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Support for Days Without Art is partially underwritten with a generous sponsorship from The Fenway Institute. Medicine Wheel has also formed partnerships on this project with health service, arts, and advocacy organizations, including Codman Square Health Center, the Multicultural AIDS Coalition, and AIDS Action’s Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast among others.

Medicine Wheel was moved to create Days Without Art to deepen understanding of the inextricable links between health and race that the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare. Building on nearly three decades working at the intersection of art and healing, Medicine Wheel expands its annual World AIDS Day “Day Without Art” by opening up a wider, multimedia, virtual conversation with the Greater Boston community.

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To access stream form February 7th  here.

Artistic offering by

Amanda Shea

Edward “D Ruff”

Ife Franklin

Ashley Rose

Amber Williams

Letta Neely

Claudio Sotolongo

Cedric VISE1 Douglas

Ashley Gordon

Dell Hamilton

Shea Justice

Keely Edwards

Aaron Stone

Craig Bailey

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo

Stephen Hamilton

Stacey S. Hamilton

Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla

Philip Robinson

Days Without Art Partners:

Medicine Wheel Productions is very proud to partner with the following organizations for this event.

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Fenway Institute

The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy. Since 1971, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBTQIA+ community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. Fenway was founded in 1971 as part of the free clinic movement by students who believed that “health care should be a right, not a privilege.”

Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC)

MAClogoThe Multicultural AIDS Coalition’s (MAC) mission is to mobilize communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since 1989, the agency has worked to ensure high quality, accessible prevention and care services for people living with HIV or at high risk of acquiring the disease. MAC supports broader efforts to eradicate conditions that fuel the epidemic, including substance abuse, health disparities and lack of health care access, homelessness, and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and gender expression. HIV/STI Testing is available at two locations Monday – Friday, 11am-5pm at one of two locations. Call 617-442-1622.

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La Maison de la Culture pour les Diversités Humaines is a non for profit organization based in Côte d’Ivoire, that aims to strengthen youth community leadership, sexual health diversity awareness and human dignity through Arts and Culture.

 

 

Codman Square Health Center

Screen Shot 2021-02-01 at 3.51.39 PMCodman Square Health Center is a community-based, outpatient health care and multi-service center in the heart of Dorchester. We offer comprehensive care for the whole family, including primary, eye, dental, urgent, and behavioral health care, as well as many medical specialties. In addition, we are a community organization that provides financial and wellness programming.

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AIDS Action’s Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast

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LatinX Wellness Center

Our mission is to work together across the state to improve the health, mental wellbeing, and provide personal as well as professional development to the LatinX Community. We do this by sharing information, coordinating peer-to-peer technical assistance, collaborating across state lines, strengthening partnerships with community organizations as well as government agencies by raising awareness, and conducting advocacy work. Our approach is to enhance culturally response services and best practices amongst our partnerships to address the needs of the LGBTQIAPK+