Days Without Art

Medicine Wheel’s signature event is “A Day Without Art,” the cultural community’s annual response to the AIDS crisis. Launched in 1992 in reaction to the devastating AIDS pandemic, this 24-hour vigil is now Greater Boston’s premier gathering to reflect, remember, and celebrate. “A Day Without Art ” has established itself as Boston’s largest annual observation of World AIDS Day.

Starting in 2011, the organization extended the event through February to create “Days Without Art,” in partnership with a range of Black artists, health care organizations, and advocates, to mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Medicine Wheel also supports and promotes contemporary, Boston-area artists in its Spoke Gallery, hosts adult painting classes, and organizes an annual artist retreat.

This year, in 2021, we extended our vigil with a diverse range of Black artists & health care partners to highlight racial disparities laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we held the event virtually via Youtube and Facebook Live live stream. You can watch it here:  Days Without Art Livestream 2021 .

 

 

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