The Bloomfield Garden Club

TD Projects (Tina Dillman, independent artist and curator) launched The Bloomfield Garden Club (BGC) in the summer of 2020 as a direct response to Covid and the lack of art and cultural programming in the Pittsburgh area. The BGC was a monthly outdoor roaming salon operating in the summer and fall that highlights local and regional artists working in dance, music, comedy, literary, visual, and/or performance art over the summers of 2020-21.  The goal of the BGC is to provide an experimental platform for artists from various backgrounds to create new work, and to provide sources of revenue for those that are the most vulnerable- females, mothers, artists along the queer spectrum, and artists whom identify as other than just white. 

Tina Dillman’s vision: “The communities I create are inclusive of any background, race, class, gender profile, as there is only one way forward and that is to ensure that we all rise together. There is no world that I want to be in that exists without artists, as we are the backbone of every society-we document, we create, we breathe, we speak truth to power, and we dream up new ideas that have the ability to transform old civilizations into new beginnings.”


Top Left: Shana Simmons (photo by Jamie Erin Murphy); Bottom Left: Gia T Cacalano; Center: Rachel Rampleman, “Life is Drag” @ the Cell in NYC; Top Right: Nick M Daniels; Bottom Right: Centa Schumacher.


In June 2021, the season began with our first Visiting Artist in Residence, Rachel Rampleman (NYC), who documented a slice of the local drag scene for an ongoing project of hers, Life is Drag, with assistance from our community partners Kelly Strayhorn Theater, the Blue Moon establishment, and collaborator & artist Scott Andrew. The videos premiered at Bunker Projects (outside in their back lot), along with live drag performances. The final line up for performances included on Sat June 12: Kierra Darshell, Luna Plexus & Cindy Crotchford, and on Sun June 13: Maxi Pad, Pissy Mattress & Azizzy. You can view images from these performances on TD Project’s Facebook page in the June Album.

On July 10 &11, the BGC traveled to the Braddock Farms, which is operated by Grow Pittsburgh, with a performance by Nick M Daniels (dance), a sound installation by Erin Mallea & Jen Vaughn (media) and Shawna Roxanne gifted us with her music.  Images from this performance can be found on TD Project’s Facebook page in the July Album.

On August 14 & 15 the BGC will pop up at Union Project with Gia T Cacalano (dance), Chardaé  Jones (poetry) and Janet Watkins (ceramics).  Images from these dates can be found here.

On September 11 & 12, the 2021 BGC season will conclude in Tina’s neighborhood of Wilkinsburg, and we’ll be taking over the side lot next to the Hamnett Place Community Garden, with installations by artists Centa Schumacher (photograhy) and Sarah Tancred (ceramics), and a performance by Christina McNeese.


(L-R) Top row: Scott Andrew, Naomi Chambers, Tara Fay Coleman; Middle row: Betty Douglas w/ Rex Trimm, Jesse Factor, Clara Kent; Bottom row: Christiane Leach, John Musser, Shana Simmons. 

The first year of programming included in August: Naomi Chambers (visual), Betty Douglas w/ Rex Trimm (music) and John Musser w/ Scott Andrew (performance); September: Tara Fay Coleman (visual), Clara Kent (music), and Shana Simmons (dance); and October: Christiane Dolores (visual), Betty Douglas w/ Rex Trimm (music), and Jesse Factor w/ Scott Andrew (performance).


Next Pittsburgh, August 5, 2021, Catch these 3 must-see outdoor dance performances before we pirouette into autumn

Pittsburgh City Paper, June 8 2021, Bloomfield Garden Club brings drag, music, comedy, and more to various Pittsburgh venues

Post Gazette, May 20, 2021, Summer Times: 5 in-person dance options to check out

Pittsburgh City Paper, January 29, 2021, Call for artists: Apply for the Bloomfield Garden Club 2021 salon series

Post Gazette, August 4, 2020, Bloomfield Garden Club cultivates artists for backyard performances

Pittsburgh City Paper, August 18, 2020, Diverse artists and musicians are focus at newly launched Bloomfield Garden Club

Post Gazette, August 18, 2020, video taken from performance

Pittsburgh City Paper, September 2, 2020, Bloomfield Garden Club cultivates new group exhibition at UnSmoke Systems

Caitlin Frances Bruce PhD., September 21, 2020, Bloomfield Garden Club: Intimacy, Growth, and Liveness in Art Worlds in Pandemic Time

Post Gazette, October 11, 2020, Bloomfield Garden Club puts eclectic artists on a backyard stage