No Man’s Land Thank You

Thank you to everyone that came out to the No Man’s Land 25th Anniversary Commemoration on August 25th. We were so proud to welcome many various members of the South Boston community, some longstanding supporters of Medicine Wheel Productions/SPOKE and No Man’s Land: Longtime collaborators the National Park Service, whose Boston Superintendent, Michael Creasy, joined us; and newer partners such as local South Boston business In Good Co. Shop.

We’re also grateful to Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn and Massachusetts State Representative David Biele for joining us. Rep. Biele kindly shared a proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives acknowledging our history of community building at No Man’s Land (photo below of Michael holding it up for the audience).

Founder & Artistic Director Michael Dowling unveils two scrolls honoring our South Boston brothers and sisters lost to addiction.

Founder & Artistic Director Michael Dowling unveils two scrolls honoring our South Boston brothers and sisters lost to addiction.

Michael sharing a proclamation from the Mass House of Representatives shared by State Rep. David Biele.

Michael sharing a proclamation from the Mass House of Representatives shared by State Rep. David Biele.

Many members of the community attended the No Man’s Land celebration to visit the commemorative bricks they’ve purchased to honor loved ones that they’ve lost along the way. A special thank you to WS Development, for underwriting the costs for this event. Thanks also to our Board Chair, Dr. Rohit Chandra, and members Donna Brown, Keith Marion, and Rick Winterson for their generous contributions and attendance.

As is the tradition at our annual No Man’s Land event, a King and Queen of the Hill were honored. The 2021 Queen of the Hill was Mercy Robinson, the Executive Director of South Boston En Accion, one of our local South Boston community partners (pictured below with Michael and Greg). The evening also featured powerful performances from Dakohai Matityahu, Oliver Burns, and Charles Murrell III, all of whom are teaching artists in SPOKE’s recently launched YouthSpeak program (also pictured below).

AfriClassical composer and teaching artist Charles Murrell III performing.

AfriClassical composer and teaching artist Charles Murrell III performing.

Queen of the Hill Mercy Robinson, Executive Director of S. Boston En Accion, with Michael & Greg.

Queen of the Hill Mercy Robinson, Executive Director of S. Boston En Accion, with Michael & Greg.

Three of our YouthSpeak teaching artists who joined us to honor No Man's Land: (from left to right are Charles, Dakohai (seated), and Oliver)

Three of our YouthSpeak teaching artists who joined us to honor No Man’s Land: (from left to right are Charles, Dakohai (seated), and Oliver)

“This was a magical night of art, reflection, and fellowship,” said Interim Executive Director Greg Liakos. “Thank you to all who contributed to making it a success.”

An additional ‘thank you’ to South Boston Online for this beautiful summary of our event. Our resilient South Boston community is the reason why we do our work, which makes this article all the more special.

Medicine Wheel/SPOKE still seeks additional philanthropic support for the ongoing work necessary to maintain No Man’s Land as a public park and continue our community programming there. Please consider a contribution today.

Donate to No Man's Land at https://givebutter.com/zWbvcx

Donate to No Man’s Land at https://givebutter.com/zWbvcx

Photos courtesy of Ramón Galván

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