HEARTH Community Art Garden Project
HEARTH Community Art Garden Project engages students from public elementary schools in an interdisciplinary study that provides a platform to voice themselves in re-envisioning the urban landscape. The curriculum encompasses a study of the natural environment and the urban landscape in our class meetings through presentations from professionals in their field, hands-on activities, and field studies off campus. In our studio art making time, we collaboratively brainstorm and then draft multiple renderings of dream houses with roof gardens. Each student is the architect and builder of their house. At the end of the study, we have an art opening to share all our hard work with our community. Each student keeps their own smaller planter while larger planters that combine the students’ designs together are fabricated. The larger, sculptural building planters are installed at the school and altogether create a small-scale village with rooftop gardens that continue to serve as a garden to grow food and promote healthy living.
–Manon Bogerd Wada, Project Founder & Director
- The vision of this project is to expose young minds to possibilities of a sustainable future living in harmony with nature and the urban landscape, with each other and our community at large.
- The intent of this holistic, interdisciplinary project is to build and connect communities together in creative expression through a study of the local, natural and urban environments.
- The content and premise of HEARTH explores the intersection of family, community, art, education, horticulture, ecology, and urban living. In bridging together these elements we demonstrate our ability to nurture the environment and ourselves by utilizing art as a tool for social change and justice.
HEARTH Residencies at Lincoln Elementary and Bridges Academy at Melrose with installation in Laney College’s Edible Garden in Oakland, California, were funded by Open Circle Foundation and sponsored by