Horticultural therapy shirt was made for the New York Art Book Fair, 2017.
Double sided t-shirt.
Inspired by the work of Pam Kay, who leads classes at The GreenHouse at Rikers Island. The Greenhouse initiative (a Horticultural Society of New York program), teaches incarcerated individuals about the benefits of horticultural therapy. I have no affiliation with the Horticultural Society, I am continually inspired by the efforts and benefits that the GreenHouse program has to offer its students. Half of the proceeds of this shirt go to this program.
Here is an excerpt from The Horticultural Society Website on the Greenhouse https://www.thehort.org/programs/greenhouse/
"The GreenHouse provides the most contact time with individual participants of any social service program on Rikers Island. Our Horticultural Therapists and trained instructors serve over 500 incarcerated individuals, seven days a week. At five gardens with 160 raised beds, students work together to grow delicious vegetables, useful herbs, and beautiful flowers. The curriculum is more than just gardening: it helps students relate to their lives, emphasizes critical thinking, and encourages teamwork and collaboration. The program reduces recidivism rates by 40% and generates up to 417 pounds of organic fruit and vegetables a year."