Floralscapes is about positioning the flower as a living architecture of resistance and the vessel to build community power. It cultivates a coalition of artists, activists, and community organizers in pursuit of collective liberation and reimagined community care post Covid-19.
What happens when radical community care - through coalitional labor and mutual aid, through solidarity over charity - is an option?
How can socially-engaged art serve as an embodied practice of care?
For the first installment of the series I partnered with a community advocacy organization Empower DC, and local floral design studio Sweet Root Village. Together we organized and created a pop-up green space in Northeast DC (Ward 5) in Ivy City as their peaceful protest for a park and community play space. You can learn more about #LetIvyCityBloom here.
A few weeks after Let Ivy City Bloom, Mayor Bowser released her budget and included $20 million for the creation of a Community center at the Crummell School.
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