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Arts Initiative Vision
Art at Grace Farms demonstrates our integrative vision and a dynamic interplay between people, architecture, and landscape. We develop and present new, collaborative, and site-responsive programming at the intersection of the visual, literary, and performing arts by convening artists and practitioners across disciplines to explore complex subjects through an inquiry-based approach.
"What art seeks, and what contemporary artists are uniquely positioned to contribute, is a way of knowing that reclaims memory, imagination, intuition, and the senses. These agencies, situated within artistic practices, propose a rigorous methodology suited to address complex subjects."
—Kenyon Victor Adams, Arts Initiative Creative Director
Arts Initiative Approach
The Arts Initiative convenes interdisciplinary workshops that inform new projects at the intersection of the visual, literary, and performing arts. This method relies upon various ways of knowing and is grounded in the notion that artistic practice is a substantive context in which to aspire towards individual and societal transformation.
The Arts Initiative developed a process-focused approach called Practicing, a series of workshops, projects, and programs that applies rigorous thinking and making to questions framed by multiple perspectives.
Practicing workshops inspire projects in various forms including dance, music, poetry, and installation. Our many audiences encounter the artistic process through showings, installations, publications, lectures, and range of programs for families.
Practicing initially examined four subjects: empathy, awe, silence, and joy. The program has included contributors such as Rena Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Cindertalk, Silas Farley, Ross Gay, Jake Goldbas, Bill T. Jones, Molly Joyce, Ilya Kaminsky, Pornchanok Kanchanabanca, Andrea Miller, Samora Pinderhughes, Nicole Sealey, Julianne Swartz, and Christian Wiman. Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Arvo Pärt Project, and Copper Beech Institute are some of the many partners that have enriched Practicing.
Moments & Fieldnotes
Practicing Joy Amid Compounding Struggles for Life & Liberation
Practicing Empathy | Workshop and Showing with Bill T. Jones
This video documents the first installment of Grace Farms Foundation's Practicing Series. Tony Award and National Medal of Arts Award-winning director, choreographer, and dancer, Bill T. Jones was joined by an ensemble of artists at Grace Farms to create a new work exploring the practice of empathy and its relationship to advancing justice in our world.