World AIDS Day/Day Without Art, December 1, 2022

Out of the Ashes, We remember Their Names

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Our work at SPOKE began 31 years ago to create a place where people gather to reflect and remember those lost to the AIDS pandemic. This mission remains just as urgent today as we face multiple pandemics of COVID-19, racism, and addiction, alongside the continuing scourge of HIV/AIDS, particularly among vulnerable populations. Days Without Art will be a series of cultural events and actions connecting World AIDS Day, Dec 1st with National Black HIV Awareness Day, Feb 7th.

We see this as a time to remember who we are for ourselves and who we can be for one another.

This year for our Days Without Art/World AIDS Day installation, we invite people to send us an obituary or photo of someone you love who may have been lost Someone who has touched your life physically, spiritually, or emotionally.  The obituaries will be turned into small spirit bowls

There are five different thresholds to cross, different ways to embody “Art As Threshold” to participate in this year’s Days Without Art: Touched – In Times of Pandemic. In addition to these thresholds, we are also seeking volunteers from our community to help us put on this event.

  1. Send us a photo or an obituary to be used in the installation. You are welcome to attend one of our workshps on November 3, 10 or 7th 6-9 pm 844 Summer Street . Photos and obituaries can be sent to: SPOKE/MWProductions 840 Summer Street #103 Boston, MA 02127
  2. Contribute a live offering performance during one of our 24-hour vigil on World AIDS Day, December 1st, at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama sign up here
  3. Sponsor a section of the historic Names AIDS Memorial Quilt. In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. Help us bring 30 of the original 1,920 panels that represented the names of those lost, which will be proudly displayed alongside a quilt of our own creation.  Sponsor a panel for $200.00. Please let us know if you would like a specific panel.  order your panel here. 
  4. Bring an offering to leave in the Medicine Wheel altar during the 24-Hour Vigil on December 1st, World AIDS Day. Visitors are welcome to place an honorary object in the wheel, whether it be in memory of a loved one that has died from AIDS, COVID, or any of the ongoing pandemics we’re commemorating this year.
  5. Make a general donation. Any and all support towards our signature Days Without Art event ensures that we can continue our work to perpetuate the mission that we started 30 years ago. Thank you in advance for your generous support.

We are an artist founded and artist run organization. Supporting and collaborating with artists of all disciplines and maintaining the role of artists as facilitators in culture, is central to our work. We use  the power of making art to triage critical needs of the communities we serve that are confronting addiction, immigration, systemic racism, police youth relationships, stewardship of our natural world, HIV/AIDS and/or human trafficking. Our work is to seek focus, fairness, and balance. Our goal is to continue to use art and the act of creating together to define a brave new normal and shape a shared future history where each of us has a voice, where each of us is included, where each of us is listened to, where each of us is loved

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