Indigenous Peoples' Day

Connections to Place

Monday, October 10, 2022
11 am - 5 pm
Throughout the Museum

This Indigenous Peoples' Day, explore connections to place and memory through art-making, storytelling, film screenings, and conversation. The Gardner Museum is honored to collaborate with Elizabeth Solomon (Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag) to amplify the voices of local Indigenous artists.

Join us to plant a seed in the Studio, enjoy film screenings and interactive performances, and attend a conversation with participating artists. Learn more throughout the day about Indigenous communities’ ties to place.

  • Jordan Garden | 11:15 AM

    Elizabeth Solomon (Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag) opens the day with a Land Acknowledgment.

  • Bertucci Education Studio | 11:30 AM – 4 PM

    Explore your connections to place through a hands-on planting activity designed by Polly Thayer Starr Visiting Studio Artist Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate).

  • Living Room | 12 PM and 2 PM

    Join special guest Hawk Henries, artist, composer, and flute musician of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuc, for a performance weaving together music and storytelling, and a note of humor. Hawk expertly crafts Eastern Woodlands flutes through ancestral and contemporary techniques. His transformative performances create contemplative spaces for unity and meaningful reflection on how we each have the capacity to make change in the world.

  • Calderwood Hall | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

    Join us for screenings of powerful short films throughout the day featuring local Indigenous artists, cultural workers, and collaborators, followed by a conversation with participating artists at 4:00 pm.

  • Calderwood Hall | 4:00 – 4:45 PM

    Join us for a talking circle and discussion with participating artists and Indigenous collaborators Elizabeth Solomon (Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag), Hawk Henries (Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuc), and Mar Parrilla (Taíno Afroborikua) as they reflect on the day together.

Please note: Proof of vaccination status and face masks are required for programs in Calderwood Hall.

Photo by Matt Teuten.

About the Artists


Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. Tickets will sell out and will not be available at the door. Reserve your ticket online, by clicking the RESERVE YOUR TICKETS button above.

Free days are supported by the Liberty Mutual Foundation.

Studio activities are made possible by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.

Polly Thayer Starr (1904-2006) was an accomplished artist who captured the culture and whimsy of her native Boston with a unique combination of detail, emotion, and curiosity. For more, visit the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust online at

The Neighborhood Salon is supported in part by the Barr Foundation ArtsAmplified Initiative and the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.

Education and community programs receive support from the Vertex Foundation, Rowland Foundation, the Yawkey Foundation, The Beker Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, and Janet Burke Mann Foundation.

The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.