Boston Artists, Activists To Lead Healing Walk to Mark Toll of Multiple Pandemics
Procession from City Hall to Cyclorama to Open 30th Annual World AIDS Day Vigil @ Midnight Dec. 1
Join SPOKE, the Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Office of Recovery Services, Office of Neighborhood Services, a plethora of artists, and our Boston community at large for our Days Without Art Healing Walk.
Greater Bostonians of all backgrounds will join artists, dancers, musicians, friends, and collaborators in a procession from City Hall to the Boston Center for the Arts’ Cyclorama. There they’ll formally open SPOKE’s 30th Annual World AIDS Day art installation and vigil, marking the effects of multiple pandemics on our lives and our communities. City Hall will be lit red in honor of those lost to HIV/AIDS from dusk Nov. 30 until dawn Dec. 1. Participants will walk from City Hall, holding electric lanterns and a 150-foot stream of red satin, evoking the AIDS Red Ribbon and the beauty of the thread of connection.
We will gather in front of Boston City Hall on Tuesday, Nov 30th at 10:45 p.m. to begin the event. After hearing from the City of Boston’s Chief of Arts and Culture Kara Elliot-Ortega, Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola will perform one of her poems.
The procession will start at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square; end at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Cyclorama, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116. Leading the procession is Veronica Barron, theater artist and sidewalk dancer, alongside her ensemble of dancers.
Upon arriving at the Cyclorama, the 30th annual Days Without Art World AIDS Day installation and vigil will begin. This year’s program is entitled Touched: In Times of Pandemic, a multimedia series of cultural actions that illustrate the healing power of human contact and the pain of its absence. KAIROS Dance Theater will open the evening’s events premiering a 20-minute performance entitled “CIRCLE CLOSER.” KAIROS Dance Theater will be accompanied live by cellist Sam Ou, playing a variation of “Draw The Sacred Circle Closer”, a gorgeous composition by Adolphus Hailstork.
Join us on December 1st for 24 hours of art and healing, complete with live performance offerings featuring Buddhist chants & meditation, soundscape & dance, poetry, Taino dance, and so much more.
“In this 30th year Days Without Art takes on new resonance as we face multiple pandemics: Covid-19, opioid addiction, violence, and racism,” says Michael Dowling, Founder & Artistic Director of SPOKE. “We invite the community to share this creative experience with us.”