"We are honored to collaborate formally with Medicine Wheel and Michael [Dowling]; for years we have had staff from our hotlines and our HIV Health Library on-site at the Medicine Wheel event." said Rebecca Haag, Executive Director, AAC, which has served people with HIV/AIDS for 24 years and operates HIV, STD, Hepatitis and Pharmacy Access hotlines statewide. "We were able to raise the profile of Medicine Wheel's Water Bearers initiative during Boston AIDS Walk this past June, giving exposure to the project to more than 18,000 AIDS Walk participants as a prelude to this World AIDS Day initiative."
"The Cyclorama is the historic home of The Medicine Wheel, and we are very proud of that. In our role as a community cornerstone for the arts we see a powerful link between the arts, social justice and public health," said Libbie Shufro, president and CEO of Boston Center for the Arts. "Our flexible space is ideal for Michael's tremendously versatile, creative expression each year, and we are awed by the topic and inspired by the possibilities he has made real for nearly two decades."
The Medicine Wheel Youth Program has expanded from 15 young people four years ago to more than 90 in its art mentorship programs today. Many of the young people in the program are at high risk of poverty, drug use and violence. Statistics show that these same youth are often at higher risk of contracting HIV.
"Our kids have been pivotal to the success of this project, calling
youth groups across the state and leading forums on youth and HIV for
months now," said Dowling, "Water Bearers has been helping all the youth
who become involved to see themselves as the idealists, reformers,
|SOURCE AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Inc.|
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