Grace Farms Foundation
Grace Farms is a center for culture and collaboration in New Canaan, Connecticut.
We bring together people across sectors to explore nature, arts, justice, community, and faith at the SANAA-designed River building, on 80 acres of publicly accessible natural landscape.
Our humanitarian work to end modern slavery and foster more grace and peace in our local and global community includes leading the Design for Freedom movement to eliminate forced labor in the building materials supply chain.
This collaborative approach to comprehensively address humanitarian issues and generate new outcomes is reflected across all of our initiatives and the place of Grace Farms.
Grace Farms Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Grace Farms, comprised of the River building and surrounding nature preserve, was established with the idea that space communicates and can inspire people to collaborate for good. To realize this vision, Grace Farms Foundation set out to create a multipurpose building nestled into the existing habitat that would enable visitors to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice, foster community, and explore faith.
Our work is collaborative. We invite public and private sectors to Grace Farms to consider what’s possible through diverse perspectives. The River building was intentionally designed within nature to create a reflective and restorative space to consider innovative ways to advance the common good. Our experts across disciplines, in collaboration with our local and global partners, create unprecedented outcomes.
We facilitate the stewardship of our natural world through restoration, exploration, and preservation. Through the protection of the open meadows, woods, vital wetlands, and ponds on our site, and by providing year-round exploratory opportunities and multi-generational programming, we encourage visitors to experience the awe and wonder of nature and embrace stewardship of the natural environment.
We welcome artists from across disciplines to share diverse perspectives that expand our worldviews, help us connect with one another, and enhance our sense of beauty. By weaving the arts through our rhythms of work, reflection, and play, we discover aspects of ourselves and the world around us.
Our commitment to justice is based on the inherent right of liberty and equality for all. In 2020, we launched Design for Freedom, a global movement to create market transformation to remove forced labor from the building materials supply chain and reimagine architecture as a driver of humanitarian outcomes.
We provide a warm, welcoming environment that fosters meaningful community and engagement among diverse groups of people. The Community Initiative creates proximities to individuals and organizations with different perspectives to advance new ways of thinking, ignite partnerships, and catalyze new outcomes that can lead toward sustained social impact to advance good in the world.
We offer the reflective space of Grace Farms and opportunities for dialogue to explore the nature of flourishing and purposeful life. In pursuit of more grace and peace in the world, we bring together leaders and educators for workshops to engage with the world’s ancient and modern philosophies, beliefs, and faiths.
Design for Freedom
We launched the Design for Freedom movement to eliminate forced labor in the building materials supply chain, create true market transformation, and build a more equitable future. Design for Freedom has brought together an expanding group of leaders who have committed their expertise and means to eliminate modern slavery in the built environment.
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Programs including performances, discussions, nature education programs, recreational activities, tours, and more convene a variety of perspectives and provide platforms for activists and advocates to pursue new outcomes for some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time.
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