March to Rutgers Gardens Project
The first project of the Arts Integration Research (AIR) Collaborative, the March to Rutgers Gardens was a choreographed walking intervention acknowledging the desire for safe and inclusive access to nature for the diverse constituents of Rutgers–New Brunswick and its surrounding communities. On September 25, 2021, 500 participants joined a two-mile walk from the Cook-Douglass campus to Rutgers Gardens, a 180-acre resource currently accessible only by car.
March to Rutgers Gardens – AIR Collaborative
About the March to Rutgers Gardens
A March of Learning and Performance: As they walked, participants encountered live performances of Fluxus scores, dance, music, and storytelling and learned from guest and faculty speakers about the many layers of history held by the land upon which Rutgers is built.
Participants: The march attracted 500 participants, 150 of them involved as performers, speakers, or volunteers. Participants included members of Rutgers and surrounding communities, including students, faculty, and staff of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Mason Gross School of the Arts, School of Arts and Sciences, and Douglass Residential College, as well as Rutgers University Libraries faculty and staff.
Sponsors: Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice; School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Mason Gross School of the Arts; Douglass Residential College; Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement; Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities; Collaborative Center for Community-Engaged Learning and Research; Rutgers Gardens; Zimmerli Art Museum.
Organizers: Led by Anette Freytag, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Julia M. Ritter, Department of Dance, Mason Gross School of the Arts