No Man’s Land 25th Anniversary Event

Help Us Honor 25 Years at No Man’s Land

Join us for August 25 Celebration

On Wednesday, August 25 SPOKE (formerly Medicine Wheel Productions) honors its 25th anniversary at No Man’s Land, a public park and sculpture garden in South Boston’s Dorchester Heights neighborhood, with a community event beginning at 6 pm.

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We’ll unveil our new public art project, a series of mosaics marking the 12 Steps of Recovery, installed along one of No Man’s Land’s stone staircases. Young people working to overcome addiction at the Gavin Foundation’s Cushing House, and the recovery-focused Ostiguy High School, have worked all summer with SPOKE artists to design and install these mosaics and are helping to organize the commemoration.

 The event will honor the extraordinary 25-year history of No Man’s Land and all those who have contributed to its growth and conservation, and those we have lost along the way. We’ll thank our partners at the National Park Service (NPS), the City of Boston, and the Dorchester Heights neighborhood. SPOKE will use this gathering to publicly announce the signing of a memorandum of agreement to maintain and improve the space with NPS, which operates the adjacent Dorchester Heights National Historic Site.

Founder and Artistic Director Michael Dowling in performance with Boston Youth at No Man's Land in 2009

Founder and Artistic Director Michael Dowling in performance with Boston Youth at No Man’s Land in 2009

The gathering will highlight the need for ongoing support to conserve this space and support public programming there that meets community needs.

WS Development has generously awarded a grant to SPOKE to partially underwrite the costs of this event. SPOKE seeks additional philanthropic support for the commemoration and the ongoing work to maintain this space for this public.

 Help us support No Man’s Land. 

Mosaic of the 1st of 12 Steps of Recovery, reading "We admitted we were powerless over substances—that our lives had become unmanageable."

Mosaic of the 1st of 12 Steps of Recovery, reading “We admitted we were powerless over substances—that our lives had become unmanageable.”

About No Man’s Land
In the summer of 1996 the strip of land behind South Boston High School was rampant with substance abuse and violent clashes, the legacies of poverty, racial segregation, and busing. Michael Dowling, SPOKE Founder & Artistic Director, brought together artists, neighbors, activists, and young people, to reimagine and revitalize the space with a series of art installations, performances, and public programs. Today No Man’s Land is a welcoming, active public gathering place of beauty, serenity, and creative expression.

 

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