WE ARE EXCITED TO BE HONORING FOUR OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR WORK IN CREATING AN EQUITABLE WORLD
Medicine Man and Woman Award
Karen Young is a leader with a focus on inclusion business strategy, organizational development, leadership development and community change, a strategic thinker and facilitator of learning. Her most recent accomplishments include collaboratively developing and leading a multi-year and organization wide inclusion business strategy at Harvard Pilgrim Health CareShe is a proud recipient of the 2016 MA Transgender PoliticalCoalition Ally Award and currently serves on the boards of BAGLY, MA LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Pride In Our Workplace.
Michael Indresano- Michael is the owner, founder and Director of Indresano Studios, a full service video production and commercial photography studio located in Boston. His award-winning work has been nationally and internationally recognized and honored. Michael shoots for a diverse clientele who value his unwavering dedication to creating high-impact and beautiful work.Michael was born and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He now resides in South Boston with his wife, Millie Indresano, and two children, Natalia and Michael Indresano. The Indresano family is proud and honored Michael is 2019’s Medicine Wheel’s Man of the Year. Michael has served on many non-profit boards including Medicine Wheel. He has also worked extensively with The Pine Street Inn of Boston, raising awareness of the homeless population in the city. Michael constantly donates his time and talents to the Boston community to help the city prosper.
Artists Activists Awards
Allison Maria Rodriguez Allison’s video installations are whimsical and dark, alluring and alarming, beautiful and mournful. She uses drawing, collage, photography and animation to create fantastical worlds that sometimes convey the demise of our own.
She delves deep into environmental loss, transmitting the urgency of endangered animals, ways of life, entire islands. In her colorful video landscapes, there is pain, and often trauma. When she created her resplendent ”Wish You Were Here: Greetings from the Galápagos,” on view at the Dorchester Art Project last year, she says she did so with a void in her stomach and a knot in her throat — acutely aware that human activity could soon decimate the island and all of the majesty could be gone forever.
What is so captivating about Rodriguez’s work is how she captures trauma in the most aesthetically exquisite of ways. Her art is unapologetically dazzling. A menacing truth lies in the magical realism of the images she creates.
Stephen Hamilton Visual artist. Stephen Hamilton wants to “pay homage to Black hands.” His ambitious 2018 multimedia installation “The Founders Project part of Now + There’s Public Art Accelerator program, re-framed Boston public high school students as African royalty. The portraits combine rigorous and traditional pre-colonial African techniques with Hamilton’s more Western-influenced acrylic figurative painting. The result is a rare and arresting amalgamation of artistic genres that at once feels time-honored and relevant.
Hamilton grew up in Roxbury, seeing images of Black Bostonians in his neighborhood’s murals. “From an early age, art — especially visual art — for me symbolized generosity of love and of community. Art was an act of giving.” His artistic practice is rooted in this idea of generosity. Hamilton teaches workshops for Black youth on creating art as ritual. He seeks to explore African aesthetics beyond the white gaze, paying equal attention to the process of creating as the end product.