American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Dance Performance: Sharing Mission through Movement
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Cabinet Room
E. Barton and C. Alrich, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, District of Columbia; S. Oppenheim, Heart Stück Bernie, Washington, District of Columbia
Pre-Registration Required: 

Dance performance provides a unique lens through which to view public gardens and plant science. Choreographers, dancers, and program producers will share the successes and challenges of bringing site-specific modern dance to a public garden. In 2018, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) piloted a new dance performance project by bringing in a local modern dance company to create an original work demonstrating the diversity of orchids during the orchid exhibit. This program brought new audiences to the Garden and allowed the USBG to share its mission of demonstrating ways in which plants are important to the well-being of humankind. Participants will find new and creative ways of amplifying public garden missions and experiences by engaging in conversation with local artists about bringing modern dance to their organizations.