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Down to Earth: Artist in Residency Program at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Down to Earth. 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 we will journey with the artists as they create their projects; focus community advocacy efforts. We invite you to follow along and participate when we can gather.

Down to Earth takes place on the land of the Piscataway people of the Algonquin-speaking tribes, as well as the lands of the Native American people of the greater Anacostia, Potomac and Tidewater regions.

Photo of Rik Freeman, winter artist in residence for Down to Earth
photo of Nikki Hendricks, spring artist in residence with Down to Earth
photo of Siobhan Rigg, summer artist in residence for Down to Earth
photo of part of the winter artists in residence for Down to Earth, Malik Thomas and Mark Cooley

Meet the 2021 Artists

Crossing four seasons, Down to Earth hosted six artists: Rik Freeman for Winter, Nikki Hendricks for Spring, Siobhan Rigg for Summer, and Thomas Stanley, Malik Thomas, and Mark Cooley for Fall. 

You can learn more about each artists’ work and progress over at the Down to Earth Microsite. The site also includes links to videos and podcasts that coincide with each artists’ seasonal work and bring in the community for a more rounded look at the art’s impact. 

Experience Down to Earth: The Exhibit Running April 1 - 14, 2022

Come see and experience the creative works produced by local artists during the year-long artist-in-residence project that is Down to Earth.  All events are FREE.

Down To Earth & Up to Us: Oral History Walk | April 1 – April 30, 8 am – 4 pm daily

Produced by the Fall Artist Collective: Thomas Stanley, Malik Thomas, and Mark Cooley

Location: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave NE

Meet the Down To Earth Artists |  April 23 1 pm – 3 pm

Location: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave NE

Down to Earth Final Exhibit |  April 1-14, Wednesday through Saturday 12 pm – 7 pm

Location: Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Road, SE

photo of creative direction team and winter artist in residence in front of a blank canvas
Creative direction is spearheaded by Bakari Ibrahim (far left), Moss Belkessam (left), and Julianne Brienza (far right). Photo at Rik Freeman's (right) studio in Ward 7, Washington DC.

Down to Earth is a creative project partnership among Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Caandor Labs, and Capital Fringe.