Art in the Garden: Performing Artist in Residence

Art in the Garden: Performing Artist in Residence

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Performing Artist in Residence program allows artists and visitors to experience the Garden through a different lens.


The theme for the 2023 residency is Power of Trees, drawing inspiration from trees in our collections, tree care and caretakers, and the symbolism of trees as a place of gathering, shelter, and culture.

One artist will be selected for a residency in 2023. During the residency, the artist will spend time creating work in and inspired by the Garden. They will host one or two public classes, seminars, or activities, then showcase their final work in September 2023.

Residency Support

2023 Timeline

  • on a summer lawn amid flowers and trees, a smiling man watches two barefoot dancers twirl

    2022 Artist in Residence: Jean-René Delsoin

    During his summer 2022 residency, Delsoin’s study of BBG’s gardens, plants, trees, and wildlife along with Haitian culture, traditions, and heritage informed a work created and presented in collaboration with NYC-based dance and drum practitioners.



Application Components

  1. Portfolio of 3–5 pieces of work
  2. Resume
  3. Written proposal including:
    • Performance ideas integrating the 2023 theme
    • Public engagement ideas
    • Artist’s relation to or interest in botanic subject matter
    • Anticipated needs for residency supplies, equipment, and space


Applications are due by April 15, 2023. Resident will be announced May 1, 2023.



Art in the Garden is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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