Bartram's Garden was the home of John Bartram (1699–1777), a Quaker farmer whose lifelong fascination with botany made his estate a hub of international plant knowledge in the 18th century. Today the 45-acre garden is a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Schuylkill River. The site encompasses the 1728 John Bartram House and farm buildings, a 12-acre historic garden, a 15-acre meadow reclaimed from a former concrete factory, a recreational trail and public dock, community farm, orchard, and food resource center, plant nursery, and the only tidal wetlands on the lower Schuylkill River. In 2010, the Center provided support for Bartram's Garden to initiate a dialogue with its neighbors about how the site might respond to their needs, a process that continues today. Bartram's Garden also hired a nursery manager in 2011, to lead volunteer and public programs designed to connect meaningfully with members and visitors.
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During a recent conversation at the Center, our visiting scholar Kristy Edmunds and Philip Bither, Senior Curator at the Walker Art Center, discussed the role audiences play in conserving performance works—what Edmunds describes as "art forms which we can't collect, and preserve, or own."question-of-practice-contentquestions-of-practice-visiting-scholar-kristy-edmunds-on-the-role-of-audiences-in-preserving-performance
- GRANTS & GRANTEESPablo Batista
Over the course of his 30-year career, percussionist and 2000 Pew Fellow Pablo Batista has performed, recorded, and toured with a range of leading jazz, R&B, Latin, pop, and gospel artists including Bono, George Howard, Alicia Keyes, Gerald Levert, Jeffrey Osborne, Eddie Palmieri, Teddy Pendergrass, Diane Reeves, Grover Washington, Jr., Musiq, Manny Oquendo's Conjunto Libre, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.people-contentpablo-batista