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  • Signs of the Times:

    Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the official nonprofit fundraising partner of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens located in Washington, DC’s Ward 7, is successfully putting the nation’s only national park unit devoted to aquatic plant life on the map by adding more signage. In addition to the waysides and new welcome signs, the organization has added a pet waste station at the neighboring Kenilworth Park.

  • ‘Our Places’ Exhibit at Smithsonian Natural History Museum

    New Smithsonian Exhibition Highlighting the Connection Between People and Nature Features Ward 7 National Park and Nonprofit. Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and two Ward 7 residents spotlighted in Natural History Museum's 'Our Places' Exhibit.

  • The Lotus & Water Lily Festival Returns:

    Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens’ Lotus and Water Lily Festival Returns as a Month-long, In-person Celebration with Live concerts, wellness events and a community 5K walk starting July 9-31

  • Healthy People, Healthy Parks:

    April 19, 2022: Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens receives funding to kick off year two of wellness sessions for Ward 7 residents and neighborhood national park visitors.

  • Down to Earth Exhibit:

    March 29, 2022: Down to Earth artist in residency program culminates with exhibits, artist talks and oral histories at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Honfleur Gallery

  • Passage: Reflections of Time & Space:

    September 2, 2021: Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens unveils ‘Passage: Reflections of Time & Space’, an installation that delves into the challenges around access to spaces, privilege, and their own relationship to wild and cultivated green space.

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Down to Earth Artist in Residency

An artist in residency program that focused on shining a light on the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the Kenilworth area’s past, present, and future with a sharp focus on the climate emergency and its intersectionality with systemic racism. Through Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, artists created their projects; focused on community advocacy efforts. In partnership with Capital Fringe and Caandor Labs.

Passage: Reflections on Time & Space

“Passage: Reflections on Time & Space,” was a series of site-specific installations at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens that moved visitors to reflect on the passage of time – specifically the 18 months from the start of the pandemic – and the importance of green space in communities as a place of respite and resource. The installation delved into the challenges around access to spaces, privilege, and their own relationship to wild and cultivated green space, issues Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens have committed to address alongside Ward 7 community leaders and residents.