1.3 min readBy Published On: September 12th, 2012Categories: Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle0 Comments

Paving our common path

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. 

This year 70 young teens and adults had jobs in the summer, after school and full time employment programs.  But the need for jobs at Medicine Wheel continues to increase so to help create more job, a new initiative has been launched.  “Paving Our Common Path” invites friends and supporters to stake a claim in the path at No Man’s Land by buying an engraved brick.   The brick can have your name, the name of a loved one, a prayer , a wish, a dream, or a hope inscribed.

The cost of the bricks is $60.00.  The proceeds go directly to funding our full time youth employment program at Medicine Wheel.  

For more information or to make a donation, kindly email Michael at
[email protected]