Open Arts Studio
Community & Not-for-Profit Support
We invite our community to gather, support, and engage through private and public programming, working sessions, service projects, support with strategic resources, and action groups to advance good within and across sectors and communities.
We are also committed to supporting those at the front lines of service through the provision of hopeful spaces to advance their work and access to new models of social change.
Grace Farms provides a platform for not-for-profits, offering a supportive place for organizations to foster new partnerships, actively participate in the Foundation's programming, and advance their work by utilizing meeting space.
Caring for Community
Our Caring for Community series consists of three different programs, developed in collaboration with organizations and professionals that focus on well-being, to provide ongoing support for our community.
Leveraging Social Media to Advance Your Mission
The New York Times Social Media Editor Sona Patel discusses how not-for-profits can use social media most effectively. Learn about the various platforms, understand the opportunities and challenges presented by each, and discover how to ethically and effectively use social media to advance your mission.
Fostering Civil Communities
We embrace the intertwined texture of community. In a world that can feel increasingly siloed, we imagine community in a new way.
By engaging diverse audiences and putting them in proximity to some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, we seek to foster communities that are civil, communities that flourish, and communities that are inclusive of all – with the goal of generating thought and action toward sustained social impact.
Connection, Isolation, and the Role of Social Media
New York Times Social Media Editor Sona Patel joined Grace Farms Foundation’s Community Initiative Director Karen Kariuki for a conversation about the role that social media plays in communities, its implications on our ability to connect with one another, and the importance of social media ethics.
The Start of Change: Addressing Racism
We are partnering with New Canaan Library, New Canaan Museum & Historical Society, New Canaan Community Foundation, and the Interfaith Council of New Canaan to co-host a six-part series addressing our community’s understanding of race and racism.
Impact and Innovation
Our Impact and Innovation series, launched in 2019, engages with leaders across sectors to explore collaborative models that pursue innovative strategies while achieving profound social change. Through this series, philanthropic participants can identify new ways of investing, private sector participants can identify new models of collaboration, and not-for-profits can determine ways to effectively pivot and modify sustainability strategies.
Against the Grain
Against the Grain is a series of videos created to raise awareness about the ongoing issue of food insecurity and highlight organizations that are achieving profound change through innovative strategies and collaborative models.
Anchoring & Amplifying: Innovative Philanthropic Model
In an evolving world of philanthropy, Grace Farms Foundation is a new and noteworthy model, serving to advance good in the world through two distinct, but interconnected pathways: its strategic areas of focus and the platform of space itself.
Driving Social Good at the Intersection of Innovation and Impact
What if innovation alone is not sufficient? What if, in fact, we should consider factors beyond innovation as we seek to advance social good? Community Initiative Director Karen Kariuki discusses the launch of our Impact and Innovation series.
Individuals provided with healthy meals through our Relief Fund for Connecticut, increasing food security for some of Fairfield County's most vulnerable populations
People from 50 not-for-profits and 24 social enterprises and businesses engaged in the inaugural Impact and Innovation panel discussion
Programs hosted for not-for-profits through our Space Grants program
Spurred by a letter from a New Canaan student, civil rights icon Ruby Bridges spoke with Grace Farms Community Initiative Director Karen Kariuki about enacting change, the interconnectedness of a community, and the importance of hope. The conversation was streamed in local schools and organizations across Fairfield County.
In celebration of National AAPI Heritage Month, Grace Farms Foundation and OCA Fairfield, part of a national organization advocating for AAPI communities, hosted an interdisciplinary conversation exploring how we can engage government, media, corporations, not-for-profits, and educational institutions in support of a more equitable environment for our AAPI neighbors.
Scaled the Space Grants program to include more national and international organizations, including eight organizations with global reach.
Invited retired U.S. Army General Wesley K. Clark, in partnership with the New Canaan Library, to discuss global policy and America's potential for growth and leadership.
We honored the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with Voices Center for Resilience, one of our not-for-profit partners that works with public and private partners to promote healing and resiliency in the lives of those impacted by traumatic events.