The Community Gardener Portrait Project: New York City (Jan 24th thru Mar 14th)

Event Overview

BQLT is excited to announce Zachary Schulman’s “The Community Gardener Portrait Project: NYC” photo exhibit from January 24 – March 14, 2024. It features portraits of 5 BQLT gardeners!

Opening reception was held on Wed. Jan. 24th 6-8pm and the exhibition will be on view through March 14, 2024 at The Arsenal (830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019).

Community Gardeners in Conversation with Zachary Schulman 
Moderated Panel Discussion presented by NYC Parks

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 | 6 pm – 8 pm at The Arsenal Gallery, Manhattan

The Community Gardener Portrait Project: New York City is an exhibition of photographs and accompanying interview excerpts by Zachary Schulman and is co-sponsored by NYC Parks’ Art & Antiquities division and GreenThumbNYC. Over the past five years, Schulman has met with 121 community gardeners in NYC. The exhibition features a selection of 34 portraits taken across all five boroughs and invites viewers to learn more about the creation and long-term stewardship of these green spaces.  This exhibit will feature 5 BQLT gardeners: Ada Smothers (McIntosh Garden); Joan Belton and Michael Foxworth (Merrick Marsden Neighborhood Association Garden & MMNA2); Princess Benn James (Mama Dee’s); and Sean-Michael Fleming (Woodbine Street Block Association Garden).

Location Details:
The Arsenal Gallery (3rd Floor) in Central Park (830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019). Gallery hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. (Closed municipal holidays.) Admission is free. For further info call (212) 360-8163. Map to this location.

Image credit: Zachary Schulman, Albe Arnob, 2023

Zack is a former BQLT staff member and supporter, and we’re excited he has included 5 BQLT gardeners in this 2024 exhibition of portraits! We proudly supported his Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) grant applications for his Brooklyn gardener portraits and are very excited to see his portraits of all the amazing NYC gardeners! Check out his first series of beautiful portraits of garden leaders, including several from BQLT gardens, at: