Medicine Wheel


MWProductions’ 24 Hour Vigil – Day With(Out) Art -World AIDS Day


Calling all Artists!  Become Part of a Day With(Out) Art, a day of remembrance a day of Love! click for more info

Visual Arists – Do charcoal drawings of people places and things that they love and remember!  To participate click on the Call to Artists above!

Perforamance Artists-Mark one of the hours of hte 24 hour vigil with song, dance poetry

Spiritual Community – Mark one of the hours with prayer, chant ritual

Public – bring tokens of your loves to place in the Medicine Wheel Shrines

December 1, 2018 24 hour Vigil!

Medicine Wheel is an epic work of art created by Michael Dowling, Artistic Director of Medicine Wheel Productions.       Produced annually since 1992 in conjunction with World AIDS Day/ A Day With(Out) Art, “Medicine Wheel,”   is a 24-hour vigil with a major sculptural art installation rooted in the Celtic Medicine Wheel and the universal use of the circle as a gathering space to heal, reflect and remember.   For 27 years it has invited people  from every walk of life and every social class together to commemorate the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic, or any loss, in their own communities and worldwide. The primary visual component is the wheel itself: thirty-six pedestals and portable shrines arranged in a circle resembling Stonehenge or one of the  standing stone circles scattered thought the Celtic world.

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Dowling developed Medicine Wheel to be a part of A Day Without Art, the visual arts community’s annual response to the   AIDS crisis that flowered in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s in New York City and other artistic centers. While most activities  associated with A Day Without Art no longer take place, Medicine Wheel has grown in importance as Boston’s largest  annual observation of World AIDS Day.  Each year the installation is based around a different element: fire, water, earth or air.  This 267th  incarnation of the Medicine Wheel is an Fire year and will focus on the power of art to heal, nurture, and transform.

As in years past, all are invited to leave personal mementos such as jewelry, letters, poems, photos and other items in Medicine Wheel.  Objects left are placed within the Wheel’s pedestals at the conclusion of the vigil, joining those left in previous years.

Medicine Wheel  Friday November 30, doors open at 11:00 pm and for the full 24-hours of Saturday  December 1.

Boston Center for the Arts

Cyclorama Building

539 Tremont Street

Boston, Ma 02116


For more information about this year’s installation, please contact Michael Dowling at or 617.268.6700 x11.

Help us bring 20 SECTIONS Of the Names Project AIDS Memorial  Quilt to this year’s Wheel!  Each section costs $150.00

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To sponsor a section of the quilt click below




 click here for more photos of past years



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