Growing steadily and successfully over the past six years, the Sankofa Community Farm is an embodiment of Bartram’s Garden’s expanding connections throughout Southwest Philadelphia. Focusing on African methods, local high school leaders grow and distribute over 15,000 lbs. of food each year, fostering a deeper relationship with the land and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables within our community. For the first time, enjoy an evening of painting the vibrant landscape of the Sankofa Farm, and celebrate new beginnings at Bartram’s Garden. Instruction, materials, and beverages will be provided.
Our Artists’ Workshop series is rooted in the rich history of Bartram’s Garden, the oldest botanical garden in America. Following in the tradition of pioneering American explorer and botanical illustrator William Bartram, teaching artists Heather Rinehart and Alina Josan approach fine art through their love of nature and history. Heather Rinehart has a professional background in illustration and design and a deep interest in nature and storytelling. Alina Josan studied painting at the Tyler School of Art. Her work has been commissioned by several notable historic institutions in Philadelphia. As highly knowledgeable Bartram’s Garden enthusiasts, these artists are in a unique position to offer their students instruction in multi-disciplinary place-based art.