Harmony Gardeners – Community Healing Project

The Harmony Gardeners is a Community Healing Project that reconnects people to their inner selves, to one another, and to the Jackson community through music, arts, and self-expression. The Harmony Gardeners hope to highlight the inherent beauty in our differences and what makes us unique; providing an avenue for individuals in our community to have a voice of growth and creation. We strive to decrease anxiety and stress (especially for families, children, teens, parents) from the isolation and division collectively experienced in the last three years.

What to EXPECT from the Harmony Gardners:

  • Continued and expanded community concerts and events
  • New collaborative programming with local Jackson musicians
  • Take home resources for families to access music in innovative ways at home
  • Access to other creative programming and offerings in the Jackson community
  • Expanding our EcoSphere Scholarship reach for residents in Jackson
  • Opportunities to learn about and connect with other organizations in the Jackson community who utilize music and creative movement for personal growth

The VISION and HEART behind the Harmony Gardeners:

This collaborative initiative was born out of the pandemic as family-friendly and kid-centered concerts – but this project is so much more than that. It represents a significant step forward in our commitment to the Jackson community. For years, we’ve contemplated the concept of ‘community music therapy,’ seeking ways to transform our pivot project, the Harmony Gardeners, into something sustainable, equitable, and accessible for everyone in our vibrant Jackson community. Our aim is to create a space that fosters healing, growth, and connection through music and the arts.

This Community Healing Project serves as the foundation for all our music and arts programs within the community. It’s a place where creativity and expression intertwine, where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to explore the transformative power of music and the arts. We believe that the arts have the potential to unite, heal, and inspire, especially in times of change and uncertainty.

Designed to make us reflect on how life has collectively evolved over the last three years, the Community Healing Project invites us to embrace change, find solace in creative expression, and seek connection in a world that has undergone profound shifts. It’s a testament to our dedication in nurturing the well-being and cultural vibrancy of our beloved Jackson community. Join us on this journey of healing, growth, and shared creativity, where the Harmony Gardeners serve as a cornerstone in our mission to make the world a more harmonious place through the power of music and art.

How to FOLLOW the Harmony Gardners:

Join the Harmony Gardeners mailing list by emailing Jaime.

We will be focusing on one area each month sharing programs that align with that theme or population: music and children, music and hospice, music and anxiety, etc). In addition, Jaime is seeking out other local musicians who are interested in creating community programming. Some exciting things in the works include:

  • Sound Healing events for parents/caregivers/therapists (anyone really) to treat yourself to an afternoon of self-care and nourishment for your body, mind, and soul – read more about this partnership here!
  •  Free Community Outreach Concerts partially funded by the Great Start Collaborative – Participate in our grant program and your child will have access to books/instruments to take home.
  • The Harmony Gardeners hope to highlight the inherent beauty in our differences and what makes us unique; providing an avenue for individuals in our community to have a voice of growth and creation.
  • Community program collaborations and highlights in ongoing blog content for local businesses and musicians

We are positive that by following our project, your own inner music-child will find fulfillment and new ways to grow with music.

How to SUPPORT the Harmony Gardeners:

  1. Attend our events!
  2. Share our events with your family and friends!
  3. Become a sponsor for our Summer Concert Series
  4. Donate to our EcoSphere Scholarship Fund – allowing more access to music for all families in Jackson
  5. Invite us to YOUR community event!

WHO are the Harmony Gardeners 

The Harmony Gardeners is a community ensemble led with Jaime’s heart. Jaime has been performing actively as a musician in Jackson since the time she was introduced to music as a child. Jaime sang in church choir at the First United Methodist Church from kindegarten through her senior year of high school. She started playing flute and piccolo while a student in the Jackson Public Schools system. She continued on to attend Michigan State University where she got her bachelors degree in Music Therapy from the MSU College of Music.

The Harmony Gardeners is an ensemble for community. You may see a variety of musicians performing in this ensemble. Victor McDermott has been performing with the ensemble for a few years and Jaime is excited to share this space with additional community musicians for the upcoming 2024 season of music! No matter who is on the stage supporting this, the Harmony Gardeners is YOU. You being the person reading this blog. You being the ones who attend the concerts. You being the families who support our programming. You being someone we haven’t even met yet. We are so excited to see where this project goes!

What Events do the Harmony Gardeners Do?

  • Community events: The Harmony Gardeners perform in Jackson, MI for family friendly community events. One of the most recent events you might have seen the Harmony Gardeners at was the Jackson Bright Walls 2022!
  • Summer concert series: Harmony Garden Music Therapy Services is the business that began the Harmony Gardeners. Every summer, the Harmony Gardeners can be found running a monthly summer concert series at Cascades Park in the band shell. These concerts are family friendly and include music that will interest people of all ages – there’s some Disney, early childhood, and current music. 
  • Outreach concerts: The Harmony Gardeners are hoping to begin performing special outreach concerts that will reach communities and families that might otherwise not have easy access to free early childhood and family friendly music. These concerts may also include an element of donations to help raise money for Harmony Garden’s ECOsphere Scholarship. 
  • Private events: Did you know that you could hire the Harmony Gardeners for private events? This is your opportunity to get great family friendly and early childhood music for any of your private events! Contact jaime@hgmusictherapy.com for more information and pricing. 

Want to Hire the Harmony Gardeners?

Contact Jaime Lawrence at jaime@hgmusictherapy.com for pricing and details!