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 .