2021 SPOKE AWARDS

Screen Shot 2021-04-26 at 11.20.36 AML’Merchie Frazier is a Boston-based visual and performance artist, educator, and consultant, known for her evocative fiber and metal sculptures, innovative mixed-media installations, stunning hand-crafted beaded jewelry. Her most renowned work is the powerful quilt series, the “Quilted Chronicles,” amidst numerous other noteworthy commissions around the greater New England area, including a mural at the New England Aquarium, and a sculpture at Boston ParkArts. L’Merchie has worked with MW/SPOKE for several years, most recently on a documentary film “Witness,” and has exhibited her work in the Spoke Gallery. She has been commended by the city through the Francis X. Merritt/Mary B. Bishop Grant, and the City of Boston Public Art Award, among other awards. She currently serves as the Director of Education at the Museum of African American History of Boston/Nantucket, and is also a Boston artist-in-residence with the Office of Recovery Services/Office of Women’s  Advancement.

famed angelAngel Danillo Esturban was named our Valdez Scholar for 2020, a scholarship that is awarded to young people involved with MW/SPOKE to share their untold stories. The scholarship was set up by its namesake, Roberto Valdez, a poet, youth advocate, and former Medicine Wheel Board member who was passionate about giving a voice to youth involved with the organization. Angel credits his experience with us for giving him creative space to “realize there is so much more to life than just living it, [and] [teaching him] how to be me, how to be free, how to be the person I always hid.” We’re very excited to honor Angel at this year’s Turning the Wheel fundraiser.                                                                                 

framed cuongCuong Hoang is the director of programs of Mott Philanthropic, a consultancy founded in 2008 that works with individuals and foundations to increase the impact of their giving. In his role, Cuong helps clients design, implement, and assess their grant making, which focuses on local and national issues, including arts and culture, education, climate change and just transition, and fiscal policy. A longtime advisor and patron of MW/SPOKE, Cuong previously worked as director of programs for Philanthropic Advisors. Prior to this, Cuong worked at Hunt Alternatives Fund, a family foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he launched the foundation’s new program to support arts for young people in Eastern Massachusetts. He has also worked for the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, where he oversaw all grants made from the City’s general fund, including those for arts organizations, out-of-school programs, and early childcare providers. Cuong was also the performing arts manager at the Boston Center for the Arts, the living/arts editor at the South End News, and a development intern at the American Repertory Theater. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

 

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