20th Annual Turning the Wheel Celebrates the Power of Art in Social Action on June 16

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May 20, 2021

Boston, MA – MW Productions/SPOKE announces its 20th Annual Turning the Wheel fundraiser,  a celebration of art in social progress and healing.

The June 16 virtual event will honor artist L’Merchie Frazier, philanthropist Cuong Hoang, and activist Angel Danilo Esturban, one of hundreds of SPOKE (formerly Medicine Wheel) alumni whose experiences helped transform their lives.  We will also remember three very special SPOKES of the Wheel, Tara Mooney, Jack Casey and Martha Oldham  The event starts at 6 pm. Go herecropped-D3B7FE65-C1F4-4BCE-B10A-C3F83673AE1A to register, and donate online here.

Turning the Wheel will also feature performances by the Sunset Kings and singer Aaron Stone, and recent artwork created by youth from S. Boston’s Cushing House as part of our Hope and Recovery Program. And renowned Simmons College scholar and social worker Gary Bailey, MSW, will deliver a keynote address on the power of art to address urgent social challenges. Sister Sandra Music of the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a SPOKE partner, will emcee. Major sponsors include Amazon, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mass Cultural Council, and Beacon Communities, along with dozens of individuals, corporations, and foundations.

“We need art, music, and story now more than ever to recover, heal, and give meaning to the extraordinary moment we are experiencing,” said Greg Liakos, Interim Executive Director, MW Productions SPOKE. “Turning the Wheel is our chance to mark this moment with an inspiring, joyous, and thought-provoking program.”


MW Productions/SPOKE activates the transformative power of art to heal division, strengthen community, and drive social progress across Greater Boston. We work alongside artists in a range of disciplines to transform communities from the inside out. Young people are essential contributors to our work. Creating together, we reach a deeper understanding of ourselves, each other, and the world we share.


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