In 2017, SouthWest Roots Artist Catalyst Resident Artists Marie Alarcon, Althea Baird, Ash Richards, Darlene Devore and Jennifer Turnbull, developed a multidisciplinary project at Bartram’s Gardens with the help of Community Liaison Sophia Poe. The culminating event was a multichannel video installation showcasing Bartram's Garden’s neighbors and friends as they perform everyday acts of art and movement, highlighting the creative power that has long existed in communities, with a focus on the intimate and personal relationships between place and the communities that interact within it, outside of the involvement of institutions.
Marie Alarcón is a multimedia artist based in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked in community media as an educator and producer for numerous arts and educational organizations over the past 10 years. She has a B.A. in Documentary and Postcolonial Studies from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania,School of Art and Design.