The Grace Farms Foundation’s Chair and President Sharon Prince was proud to welcome a new performance artist, Carrie Mae Weems, to its 80-acre property.
Sharon Prince is the founder, Chair, and President of Grace Farms Foundation. Grace Farms aims to nurture a healthy community and environment through nature, thought sharing, arts, and justice. She founded the non-profit Grace Farms in 2009 and has contributed to its development including the commissioning of its River building.
Sharon Prince is passionate about social justice, environmental justice and creative art forms. Sharon Prince is one of the few individuals who stands up for creativity.
Chronicle Week’s article entitled “Sharon Prince Leads Vision for Grace Farms, a New Kind of Public Space”, discusses how it’s possible that this innovative way of bringing the ideas of community centers, town squares, and libraries forward can set a new model for the next generations to come.
Grace Farms uses this property to promote the areas of art, community, nature and justice. With the help of their current artist, Carrie Mae Weems, The Grace Farm Foundation attempted to bring together the global community.
Carrie Mae Weems
Carrie Mae Weems is known from a past installation called Grace Notes. Ms. Weems’ installations are a collage of performance, text, film, video, image and photography design. With the use of these media, Ms. Weems addresses issues of power structures, social injustice, and cultural identity and seeks to understand the present by examination of the past. Her work is collaborative, complex, and earned several mentions and awards. Her current installation is called Past Tense. Refer to This Article for additional information.
This installation examined Sophacles’ Greek tragedy Antigone through the combination of music, video, projection and text displaying dance, poetry, and singing. There were several artists whose work contributed to this installation. There was dancer Vinson Fraley and poet Carl Hancock Rux. Also featured were musicians Calvin Jones, Adam Klipple, Tony Lewis, Craig Harris, James Brandon Lewis, and Eddie Allen, and there were singers Eisa Davis, Francesca Harper, and Imani Uzuri.
Through these artists collaborative efforts, the audience was be able to examine the past with Ms. Weems to understand their present. The installation showed on March 23, 2019 at the Grace Farms Foundations 80-acre site located at 365 Lukes Wood Rd in New Canaan CT. Ms. Weems also gave a lecture on the work on March 15, 2019. Find about more on the Grace Farms Foundation’s website gracefarms.org.