Fairmount Park Conservancy leads and supports efforts to improve Philadelphia’s parks. The nonprofit organization works closely with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to champion both the natural and physical assets of the city’s extensive park system. The Conservancy helps to restore and maintain the parks, engages the public in supporting these civic spaces, and offers innovative programs—including a wide-reaching arts and culture program—throughout the 10,200 acres of Fairmount Park and more than 100 neighborhood parks around the city. The organization’s work has been recognized by the American Planning Association, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and Preservation Pennsylvania, among others. In 2018, the Conservancy received Center support to partner with Trisha Brown Dance Company in presenting a series of site-responsive, outdoor performances.
Fairmount Park Conservancy (the Conservancy) will partner with Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) to bring the works of the late, pioneering post-modern choreographer to new audiences in a series of site-responsive, outdoor performances. The Conservancy, which fosters stewardship of and innovative programs in one of the largest urban park systems in the world, will present this collaborative project for Philadelphia communities as a cornerstone of its 2019 arts and culture programming. The project continues TBDC’s recent engagements with presenters worldwide to broaden the interpretation and reach of Brown’s influential and important work by exploring outdoor spaces such as the High Line in New York and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy. Staged against the backdrop of Philadelphia’s signature 2,050-acre Fairmount Park and iconic Logan Circle, the free, public performances will present three of Brown’s works—Foray Forêt at Mount Pleasant Mansion in Fairmount Park, Raft Piece at the Discovery Center in Fairmount Park, and Roof Piece along the rooftops that surround Logan Circle—with the goal of engaging diverse viewers, perhaps offering the opportunity to attend a dance performance for the first time, and extending an invitation to experience Fairmount Park in an entirely new way.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.