1.3 min readBy Published On: July 30th, 2013Categories: Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle1 Comment

Take back the hill: A Medicine Wheel Production

Light Bearers

Add some light to your Wednesday nights this summer!  Enjoy an night of food, music, art making and community building.  On Wednesday, July 31st head to No Man’s Land at Thomas Park (directly behind Southie High) from 7pm-10pm and  take part in the a lantern walk and vigil.  There will be hands on handmade lantern making to prepare for the Carry A Lantern to Carry a Dream event on August 28th at 7pm at Castle Island to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s speech, I Have A Dream. 

This event is free and open to the public.

The Scoop on Medicine Wheel:
In 1996, after an outbreak of suicides and drug overdoses of teenagers and young adults in South Boston, local artist Michael Dowling began working with a group of 18 teens that called themselves “Southie Survivors”.  Under Dowling’s mentorship, they channeled their grief and anger into a public artwork, creating a Celtic Cross Memorial on an abandoned lot at Thomas Park called No Man’s Land.  The impact of this project on the youth was profound—they were provided with a non-threatening platform to heal, express their grief, and in turn, become change agents in their neighborhood.??Medicine Wheel Production has been contributing to our community in so many ways; providing entertainment on summer Fridays at the Heights, employing younger residents of South Boston, and bringing valuable art programs to the youth of South Boston.

One Comment

  1. SHIRLEY SWEET September 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    HI MICHAEL:  SO SORRY TO HAVE MISSED THIS WONDERFUL EVENT (I HAD IT ON MY CALENDAR) BUT COULDN’T MAKE IT.  NEEDLESS TO SAY THOUGH YOU MOM WHOM WE MET FOR BREAKFAST YESTERDAY HAND CARRIED THE LANTERN TO GIVE TO ME AND THE PICTURES OF THE EVENT AND THAT HEARTWARMING LETTER.

    I WILL TREASURE IT ALWAYS.  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO AND HAVE MUCH LUCK AND HAPPINESS IN YOU NEW ABODE.  LOVE SHIRLEY

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