Medicine Wheel hires Greg Liakos as new Interim Executive Director

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Veteran Arts & Cultural Leader Joins Artistic Director Michael Dowling to Lead New Strategic Plan & Vision for Boston Arts Organization

Medicine Wheel Productions is pleased to announce that it has hired Gregory Liakos as the organization’s Interim Executive Director. He joins Medicine Wheel Founder and Artistic Director Michael Dowling and a talented and dedicated team of Board and staff to strengthen the organization and create a new strategic plan and vision.

“We’re delighted to welcome Greg to Medicine Wheel,” said Dr. Rohit Chandra, Chair, Board of Trustees. “Building on nearly three decades under Michael’s inspired artistic leadership, Medicine Wheel is poised to grow and expand its mission to activate the transformative power of art to heal individuals and communities. To succeed we need a strong organizational foundation, and Greg’s arrival is a key step on that path.”

A generous capacity-building grant from the Devonshire Foundation allowed Medicine Wheel to create the position of Interim Executive Director. The Board selected Liakos after interviewing several exceptional arts and cultural leaders as finalists for the position.

“I’m truly honored and grateful,” said Liakos. “I’ve been a proud supporter of Medicine Wheel for many years, and its mission of healing, recovery, and hope through art is more vital and resonant today than ever. We urgently need art, story, music and dance to make meaning of this unique moment and work our way through it to a more beautiful Boston, a greater Commonwealth, and a more hopeful nation. I am eager to get to work to advance that mission through new initiatives and partnerships through 2021 and beyond.”

With this new leadership team Medicine Wheel Productions redoubles its mission to activate the power of the arts to heal individuals and communities, and deepen understanding through creative expression, dialogue, and social action.

Liakos brings to Medicine Wheel more than two decades of experience leading campaigns to support artists, cultural institutions, and the creative economy. As Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Mass Cultural Council, he served as senior leader for New England’s leading public arts funder. He crafted and led strategic communications campaigns that substantially expanded the influence and impact of the agency and its work. Highlights include doubled annual state cultural funding, centered on a groundbreaking Power of Culture branding platform. Liakos led communications and advocacy for the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund, a national model capital program for nonprofit cultural institutions. He worked closely with MASSCreative and supporters in the Massachusetts Legislature to ensure arts and culture had a place in key policy initiatives on Beacon Hill. In 2019 he co-authored the agency’s first plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion following months of public engagement. He also served on the Board of the Mass Humanities, and as liaison to the Mass Arts Funders Network of public and private cultural philanthropies.  In 2019 the Mass Artists Leaders Coalition awarded him a“Champion of Artists” Award for his advocacy. Prior to coming to Mass Cultural Council he led public relations for the expansion and transformation of the Peabody Essex Museum, one of the nation’s most venerated cultural institutions. PEM completed a complex, $125 million project that generated strong support from a range of audiences, redefining PEM for a global, 21st-century public. A strong civic and public education advocate, Mr. Liakos is also a member of the Wakefield School Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of Arts/Learning, an arts education advocacy network.

ABOUT MEDICINE WHEEL/SPOKE

Medicine Wheel Productions activates the transcendent power of art to heal individuals and communities. For nearly three decades Medicine Wheel has supported and partnered with artists of all disciplines to put creative expression at the center of social action and change in Boston and beyond. We forge a common path of equity, civic engagement, and social justice through visual art, dance, poetry and spoken-word performance. Our award-winning public programs empower artists to triage critical community needs, from addiction and alcoholism to racial justice, HIV/AIDS, environmental stewardship and climate change. And Medicine Wheel’s work in creative youth development helps teens and young adults find their voice through art and poetry to deepen self-understanding and make a difference in their schools and communities.

 

In loving memory of a Margaret Casey

In loving Memory of Margaret CaseyScreen Shot 2020-12-31 at 1.46.02 PMClick here to donate in Margaret‘s Memory

Margaret defined unconditional love and carried with her humor and strength to get her through the many challenges that she has faced through the years, even during the last few weeks of her life. She will be missed by so many, but will live in the hearts of all of us that loved her so very much.

FUNERAL MASS

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

10 AM

St. Francis Xavier Church

234 Pleasant Street
South Weymouth, MA 02190

Jack Casey Memorial Fund

Please honor Jack’s Memory with a donation to the  Jack Casey Memorial Fund

On December 1, 2020 we lost one of the best, Jack Casey.  I met Jack in February of 1992 almost 29 years ago.  Jack had a way of seeing people for who they truly are.  His capacity to listen deeply endeared him to the many communities he dedicated his life to serving.  His work spanned and touched many communities including; Student, LGBTQ , HIV/AIDS and, Recovery.

He is one of the men who taught me to be who I say I am and has held me up during my own 29 years of recovery and my work  in the LGBTQ community, HIV/AIDS and with the young men and women we are privileged to serve at Medicine Wheel/SPOKE

What a gift it has been to have him by my side all these years, most recently as a board member of Medicine Wheel.  I spoke with him last night, November 30, as we were preparing for the 29th annual World AIDS Day Vigil.  In his usual manner he said: “What can I do to help?, how can I be of service. “  That was Jack, that was my friend.

love

Michael


We just matched a $25,000 Challenge Grant for Daniel Morrison Fellows

Daniel Morrison Fellows 

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US REACH THIS GOAL!

We have just MATCHED a $25,000 challenge grant from Linda Zug to help fund our Full time youth employment program.  We still need help to expand this program so please  read more and donate today!

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“I’m not saying you can just wake up one day and your life is going to be great just by you wanting it to be, people need to take action and be able to ask others for help because believe it or not there are so many people willing to help others help themselves. That is what

we are trying to do”.  Richie Dinsmore  former youth at MW, now Director   of  Public Art and Advocacy