Decorate a bucket for Day With(Out ) Art









Day With(Out) Art/World AIDS Day 2019


In 1987 a small group gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would forget.  This action served as the beginning of the Names Project, Also known as the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  On December 1, 1989 A Day Without Art began as a National Day of Mourning in response to the AIDS Crisis. The Medicine Wheel Vigil has become an enduring testimony to HIV/AIDS in our lives. In those early years we were being asked the unimaginable question, Where would we be without art?

As part of this year’s Day With(Out) Art World AIDS Day 24 hour vigil we are inviting people to send us photos of loved ones they have lost, want to remember, or honor.  We will print the photos on recycled plastic water bottles, filled with sea water, and suspend them from the grid of the Cyclorama, creating a constellation of stars.

For visual artists:  Decorate a bucket with any medium.   Work should be based on bearing witness, testimony, remembrance, love, loss, longing, and survival

v  Buckets are available for pick up at Medicine Wheel 110 K Street, South Boston, MA 02127.

v  We can arrange to deliver buckets to you or your groups

v  You can join us at Medicine Wheel beginning Tuesday October 15th and work on your bucket here:

  • Tuesdays, 1:00 pm -9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 10:00 am 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm

v  Buckets need to be returned to Medicine Wheel by November 22 or to the BCA by noon on November 25th, or call us at 617-268-6700 for pick up

v  We can facilitate a workshop for your groups on Thursdays between 9 and 5.

For performing artists: Help us sanctify Medicine Wheel by making an artistic of poetry, song, dance, music or performance.  Each year we invite artists to offer a breathtaking experience to mark each hour of the 24-hour vigil.

For the spiritual community:
Mark one of the 24 hours with a blessing, prayer, ritual or meditation

For the public:  Join us and as a water bearer. Gathering for Vigil begins at 11:00 pm, Saturday November 30th and goes for the full 24 hours of Sunday 12/01/19.

Meet in front of the Cyclorama Building, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street.

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