Sharon Prince the President of Grace Farms is proud to announce that Grace Farms’ new partnership with artist Carrie Mae Weems. Carrie Mae Weems is an artist who has created artwork across multiple mediums such as dance, photography and performance art. Weems first rose to prominence in 1990 with the release of her photography project tilted Kitchen Table a black and white still life series.
Currently, Weems is performing a piece tilted Past Tense which as a modern retelling of the Greek Tragedy “Antigone.” Weems’ performance piece uses a combination of spoken word, text and imagery to tell the story of a woman who sacrifices herself for the right to bury her dead brother.
Through her performance piece Past Tense, Weems has shown the world that a 2,500-year-old Greek Tragedy can still be relevant in modern times due to its themes of injustice. Weems performances her piece as an anti-violence message and to inform people that violence against innocent people, especially young black men is still common in America. She will be performing her piece regularly at Grace Farms along with performing it in Brooklyn and Syracuse as she resides in both cities.
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. She is the head of Sharon Prince Grace Farms Foundation.
Sharon Prince has the vision of forever changing public spaces and making communities stronger. Grace Farms is an 80-acre community center based in New Canaan, Connecticut. The community center is home to 80-acres of lush meadows, forests and nature trails where people can admire the natural beauty of rural Connecticut. In the center of the farm is the famed River Building which acts as the community center.
An article on The New York Times entitled “The Spiritual and Spectacular Meet at an Ultramodern Community Center in Connecticut”, talks about a facility which is a nature center, gym, hub for social justice groups, community garden and a part-time ecumenical chapel — and that is only a partial list.
The River Building includes a 700-seat amphitheater designed for public speaking and performance art. It also contains a commons area which acts as a community space and has a restaurant where fresh food is served daily. Lastly, it contains a library and contains a pavilion where tea and coffee are served daily. Grace Farms is opened from Tuesday through Sunday and no admission is charged to the public.
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