An Introduction to Down to Earth
Down to Earth. A creative project partnership between the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Caandor Labs and Capital Fringe.
In winter, the program will follow Rick Freeman, a DC-based painter who will create a series of large-scale oil paintings that will explore the history of the aquatic gardens in the Kenworth area pre-colonization through contemporary times.
In spring, Nikki Hendrix, a DC native fashion designer, will create a collection drawing inspiration from the aquatic gardens ecosystem and environmental issues while using sustainable materials to bring her vision to life.
In summer, Siobhan Rigg, a Maryland-based artist, will draw focus to the Kenworth area in relation to food, and in the fall, the program will meet the team of Thomas Stanley, Malik Thomas, and Mark Cooley, a DC and Maryland-based artist collective who will research, collect, and compose a set of oral histories on the geographic area that we today call Ward 7.
Down to Earth is about becoming closer to the land and environment we call home and the people who have made its history for thousands of years. This project is a creative partnership between Friends of Kennerworth Aquatic Gardens, Candor Labs, and Capital Fringe. Participants are invited to follow along in this journey and participate in discussions through a diverse collection of media. The program aims to create new narratives for the future and engage in conversations about the climate emergency and its intersectionality with systemic racism.