On April 14th MWProductions/SPOKE co-hosts the Latinx/a/o/e LGBTQIAPK + Community Excellence Awards (LCEAs) with the Latinx Digital Wellness Center (LDWC).
The LCEAs honor exceptional individuals and organizations whose work advances LDWC’s mission to improve the health, mental well-being, personal and professional development of Greater Boston’s Latinx community. The event will be virtual and hosted from our New SPOKE Gallery at 840 Summer Street in South Boston starting at 5:30 pm.
This event will honor leaders and celebrate the Latinx/a/o/e LGBTQIAPK + experience, recognizing 18 individuals and local businesses/organizations for their outstanding work in Boston and across Massachusetts. Awards recognize Innovation, Social Impact, Civic Service, and Contributions to The Arts, amongst others.
Also at this event MW/SPOKE will share details of an exciting new creative placemaking initiative with two exceptional Latinx artists, Franklin Marval and Alison Maria Rodriguez, in South Boston’s rapidly developing Old Colony neighborhood.
The LDWC emerged from the Latinx/a/o/e Wellness Care Conference that was first organized in Boston in 2019 as Call for Action. The organization was born from the desire to recognize Latinx/a/o/e individuals, business owners, and local organizations that serve the LGBTQIAPK+ Community in the State of Massachusetts. The LDWC team connected with the City of Boston Office of Neighborhood Services and its representative, Jose Garcia Mota, who has since helped them recognize these individuals, business owners, and organizations.
The awards will be held in MWProductions’ New SPOKE Gallery, in accordance with CDC and Massachusetts state health and Covid-19 guidelines. We are proud of our collaboration with LDWC, which grew out of our work on the Days Without Art project earlier this year.
“Our collaboration with SPOKE allows people of color to be part of the gallery, a place where Latinx people are not normally served,” said Raymond Rodriguez, founder of the Latinx Digital Wellness Center.
The LCEA is presented to exemplary individuals who are role models and outstanding civic citizens within their community, and also to local businesses and organizations that go beyond their call of duty to improve the wellbeing of our Latinx/a/o/e and LGBTQIAPK + communities. These awards aim to recognize and celebrate Latinx/a/o/e individuals, members of the LGBTQIAPK+ Community regardless of race, plus business owners and organizations who have significantly impacted the communities we serve.
“MW Productions/SPOKE and LDWC each work at the intersection of health, social justice, and creative expression,” said Greg Liakos, Interim Executive Director. “We’re honored and thrilled to advance our partnership by recognizing these exceptional Latinx individuals and organizations for their achievements.”