Expanded Cultural Programming

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Date Awarded
Grant Period
10/01/12 to 09/30/14
Focus Area
Knight Arts Challenge

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  • Coral Gables, FL

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To bring together nature and art by strengthening Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's music program under conductor Teddy Abrams.

To bring together nature and art, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will strengthen its GardenMusic program under conductor Teddy Abrams. Musical performances and concerts will be available throughout the year. Additional fine art exhibitions and an annual weeklong festival will celebrate various forms of music that integrate the visual, dramatic and performance arts.

Fairchild's mission is to save tropical plant diversity by exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants; fundamental to this task is inspiring a greater understanding and love of plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world.

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Project Team

Carl Lewis


December 2008 to present - Director, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Adjunct faculty at the University of Miami and Florida International University. Providing leadership and long-term vision. Building and implementing a strategic plan for Horticulture, Education, and Research programs to carry out the mission of the institution. Providing direction for new buildings and infrastructure. Developing and implementing budgets, policies, and administrative procedures. Ensuring that the horticultural exhibits, collections, and interpretation are maintained at the highest standard.

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