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 is an intergenerational performance project that brings people together across age and difference to surface and celebrate the stories, struggles, and possibilities of queer communities. Through performance and engagement, Gardens engages dialogue and action about issues faced by LGBTQ+ communities and centers the stories, lives and questions of LGBTQ+ people throughout history. 

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.

Gardens explores themes of  safety, resilience, and liberation: from specific stories that speak to plainclothes police officers entrapping and arresting a 50-year old gay Puerto Rican man: to dancing that includes the gendered gestural and explosive partnering, testing the resilience of the body: to spoken word that paints a picture of the lost LGBTQ+ spaces of DC and the queer patron saints who will steward us into the future.

With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Gardens continues to build local and national partnerships to engage a broader audience through a constellation of activities, including a premiere performance in February 2018.

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

 

Upcoming Events

Community Workshops

Join Dance Exchange artists in workshops that connect us across age and difference to surface the stories, struggles, and possibilities of queer communities. These workshops are a part of Growing Our Own Gardens, an intergenerational performance project that engages in dialogue and action about issues faced by LGBTQ+ community members and celebrates Washington D.C.’s queer histories. 

Participants will have opportunities to join Dance Exchange on stage for the premiere performance of Growing Our Own Gardens at Dance Place in February 2018.

Saturday Jan. 27 at 2:30 PM at The DC Center: 2000 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Saturday Feb. 17 at 2:30 PM at Dance Exchange: 7117 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD

 All workshops are free with a $20 suggested donation/person

Premiere

Saturday Feb. 24 at 8 PM & Sunday Feb. 25 at 4 PM at Dance Place: 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC. Purchase your tickets

 

Connect with Gardens

As this project moves forward, Dance Exchange is working to find ways to seed iterations of this work in other communities with vibrant queer communities and compelling queer histories.Through Dance Exchange’s Organizing Artists for Change initiative, we collaborate with communities across the country through local cohorts convened as part of our performance projects to help steward and shape our work with local communities and create connections for lasting change.  

Contact us to be involved in this project

 

Become a Sponsor

HARVEST • $ 5,000

  • Tickets for four (4) guests to Growing Our Own Gardens premiere Feb. 24-25, 2018
  • Your name listed on event signage
  • Free admission for two (2) to an upcoming Dance Exchange event
  • Your name and logo listed on Dance Exchange’s website with link to your website
  • Exclusive invitation to Works in Progress evening on December 18, 2017
  • Evening of cocktails and conversation with the choreographer, artists, and collaborators
  • Recognition at all Dance Exchange events throughout 2017-2018
  • Listing in the premiere evening’s program

Click here to donate at Harvest level

BLOSSOM  •  $2,500

  • Tickets for four (4) guests for the Growing Our Own Gardens premiere
  • Your name listed on event signage
  • Your name and logo listed on Dance Exchange’s website with link to your website
  • Recognition at Dance Exchange events throughout 2017-2018
  • Exclusive invitation to Works in Progress evening in December
  • Listing in the premiere evening’s program

Click here to donate at Blossom level

SPROUT  •  $1,000

  • Tickets for two (2) guests for the Growing Our Own Gardens premiere
  • Your logo on event signage
  • Your Name and logo listed on Dance Exchange website with link to your website
  • Listing in the premiere evening’s program

Click here to donate at Sprout level

CULTIVATE  •  $500

  • Tickets for two (2) guests for the Growing Our Own Gardens premiere
  • Your name listed on Dance Exchange website with link to your website
  • Listing in event program insert

Click here to donate at Cultivate level

 

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

 

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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

Growing Our Own Gardens is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Dance Exchange is grateful for the funding from the NEA as well as project and operating support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland State Arts Council, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Embrey Family Foundation, Takoma Foundation, City of Takoma Park, and individual donors.