Elba Oliva of Maverick Landing Community Services. Film still by Chris Cardoza.
In conjunction with Guadalupe Maravilla: Mariposa Relámpago, the ICA collaborated with organizations and individuals in East Boston who support community healing and well-being. Many are members of the thriving East Boston Community Healing Center Project, a group of 20-plus members who actively offer wellness interventions in response to the stresses and traumas experienced by many residents. Their work in this neighborhood that has for generations witnessed the arrival of new immigrants is culturally rooted and community-led—a hallmark of the community activism historically found in East Boston.
Numerous activities centered on healing and well-being will take place in the Harbor Room throughout the summer, including interactive workshops on Qigong, Latin American dance, and more. These public workshops and community events, along with the introductory videos displayed on this wall, highlight just a fraction of the diverse healing practices and practitioners in East Boston.
We extend our deep gratitude to the many practitioners and members of the East Boston Community Healing Center Project who met with museum staff about Maravilla’s installation and shared their own healing practices and experiences with us. We are also thankful to the clinical team at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center for meeting with Maravilla in an exchange of ideas on healing.
East Boston Community Healing Center project supporters, collaborators, and members:
Barnes School Seniors Residence
Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement
Boston Medical Center / Recovery Programs
Boston Society of Architects
Care Dimensions / Bereavement Services
Centro Cooperativo de Desarrollo y Solidaridad
City of Boston Age Strong Commission
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
East Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team
East Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team Community Support Collective
Freedom Community Clinic
Maverick Landing Community Services
Mutual Aid Eastie
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts
Neighbors United for a Better East Boston
North Suffolk Mental Health
Perfectly Balanced Life
Revive Church Chelsea
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office / Restorative Justice program
Tejiendo Mi Vida
Transformation Prison Project
The Trustees of Reservations
Veronica Robles Cultural Center