Amplifier Projects

Programs at the Gardner

Community Engagement Amplifier Projects highlight change-makers working towards social justice through the arts.

The Making of Traka by Jean Apollon Experiences

This short documentary film delves into the making of Traka, Neighborhood Salon Luminary Jean Appolon’s most recent production. Traka explores how dance, culture, and community are pathways to healing for trauma survivors. The production was created through healing community workshops and is based primarily on Appolon’s personal story of trauma and the role of dance in his healing and success.

Amplifier Projects are produced with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Barr Foundation ArtsAmplified Initiative

Education and community programs receive support from the Vertex Foundation, Rowland Foundation, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, and Janet Burke Mann Foundation. Studio activities are generously sponsored by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust.

These programs are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.