Art as Medicine: Gathering in Gratitude Festival


Art as Medicine is a daylong festival and fundraiser for Mahalo Art Center's Gathering in Gratitude cultural exchange and journey to South Dakota. The activities take place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 118 Elliot.

In South Dakota, the Vermont delegation will co-create and offer presentations at the Gathering of Eagles in Hill City from June 21 to 25 and at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from June 26 to July 3. The work helps people cultivate deeper awareness, consciousness and a sense of creativity and community that is connected with nature and spirit. The focus of the work this year is to empower youth, especially Native youth who are struggling to survive and create their futures, while living in communities with the highest child and teen suicide rates in the country.

Art as Medicine takes place at 118 Elliot Street, across from the fire station. The cost to participate is $10 per person per event or $40 for the whole day, meals included. $60 max. per family. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Schedule of events:

10 a.m. Opening Ceremony; 11 a.m. Lunch catered by Superfresh Organic Café; 12 p.m. Sound Healing Ceremony with David Kuhn Honoring; 1 p.m. Creative Sound And Movement with Luz Elena Morey; 2 p.m. Comedy Improvisation with Ezlerh Oreste; 3 p.m. Dance with Cyndal Ellis and Alyse Landis ; 4 p.m. Poetry with Hemant Kapoor; 5 p.m. Voice And Song with John-Michael Dumais; 6 p.m. Dinner: Food from Hazel and from the Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery. Bring a pot luck dish or pay $10 per person in donation. Children free; 6:30 Films and presentation about the upcoming work and journey West; 7:15 Gathering In Gratitude; 8:30 to 11 p.m. Art Party - Music, dance, poetry performances/jams, live art making. There will access to the raffle and silent auction all day long.

For more information, contact Mahalo Art Center at 802-451-9495 or email


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