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Posted on 07/06/2011 @ 08:00 AM

Impact: Boston

Medicine Wheel Productions

When I first entered the Medicine Wheel building, I had no idea what to expect. I was expecting to see some sculptures or tile mosaics, but as I saw the cardboard carvings of people watching my journey up the stairs, I knew that we were going to be doing some interesting projects.

We met the leaders of the project, Michael, Richie, and Devin. On the wall in one of the main rooms is a huge collage of scraps of newspaper and magazines forming a colorful interpretation of the city, which was surprisingly detailed.

After hearing the background story describing the situation in South Boston, we took a trip to “No Man’s Land”, an area behind the nearby high school that Medicine Wheel has transformed. Over a period of time, the Medicine Wheel workers have created an inviting, beautiful, safe area out of what used to be an overgrown wasteland.

My first impression of the experience of Medicine Wheel was good albeit a somewhat sad one. Nonetheless I look forward to helping in the coming weeks!

-Mane Williams, Toluca Lake, CA, IMPACT participant volunteering at Medicine Wheel Productions

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