Growing Our Own Gardens

What if the world we need isn’t the world we have? We create a new one.

Growing Our Own Gardens, conceived and directed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Cumbie, is an intergenerational performance project rooted in queer world-making. For as long queer people have been coming together, we have found ways to create networks and spaces that have been necessary in our movement towards what we now call the LGBTQ+ community. These spaces – queer worlds – are diverse in shape, size and purpose, and grow from the places and people that hold them.

Through performance and engagement, Gardens unearths hidden histories and personal stories to better understand the ways in which queer communities have sought and created liberatory spaces throughout time and to help cast and create the vision for what we are moving towards. Through our Organizing Artists for Change initiative, we collaborate with communities across the country to convene a local cohort of artists, organizers, and queer history holders to help steward and shape our work with local communities and create connections for lasting change.  Join us in bringing LGBTQ+ communities together across age and difference to create the world we need.

Growing Our Own Gardens will premiere as an evening-length performance at Dance Place in Washington, D.C. on February 24-25, 2018. Purchase your tickets

Read more about the process from Gardens collaborators on the blog.




Growing Our Own Gardens is part of Dance Exchange’s Organizing Artists for Change (OAC) initiative.

For media inquire about Gardens, please contact Alison Waldman. For partnership and presentation inquiries, please contact Matthew Cumbie.

This project is made possible with support from National Endowment for the Arts, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland State Arts Council, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts with additional support from our generous Dance Exchange donors.