City Blossoms Studio
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City Blossoms is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that cultivates the well-being of our communities through creative programming in kid-driven gardens. Since 2008, City Blossoms has designed, developed, collaborated on, and provided programming or trainings for over 100 projects throughout Washington, DC and nationwide. We work with Black, Latino, and children of immigrant backgrounds, ages 2-19. City Blossoms programming is centered in neighborhoods where children and youth may not otherwise have access to safe, community-led green space.
Founded by native Washingtonians, Lola Bloom and Rebecca Lemos-Otero, City Blossoms originated to address the lack of access to nature experienced by many children in Washington, DC. With community input, Lola and Rebecca built green spaces that were free and safe places for children to explore the outdoors, express themselves, and cultivate their community. Today, these interactive gardens are learning and play areas that demonstrate concepts like pollination, water catchment, composting, community-created art, plant cycles, and edible organic gardening. Each year thousands of participants, from toddlers through teens, engage as cultivators using their creativity, intellect, and energy to shape their communities through fantastic and functional gardens.
What We Do:
City Blossoms uses our unique model of community engagement built on four key areas of focus: healthy living habits, community development, environmental education, and artistic expression. City Blossoms’ programming is tailored to meet the unique needs of the communities we collaborate with. We develop multi-year partnerships with other community-based organizations and schools and incorporate direct feedback from our participants, to support the growth and sustainability of each project. Each garden reflects the creativity and passion of the children and youth who use them.
Our philosophy: cultivating accessible green spaces where children and youth engage with the environment and each other creates a path for our young people to become the next generation of stewards and community advocates.