The West Barn holds an art studio, a rehearsal space equipped with a sprung floor and full-length mirror, and a variety of meeting rooms for both public and private programs, including our 100+ not-for-profit partners (read more about space grants here). Since Grace Farms’ River building was designed without a front door, the West Barn also houses a Welcome Center, which serves as an essential resource to help orient guests to Grace Farms and support the guest experience.
Guests walking down the West Barn’s vibrant hallway will encounter a site-specific artwork, Moon Love Dreaming, by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes.
West Barn Experiences | Art
West Barn Experiences | Justice
Commons Experiences | Community
Next to the Welcome Center is an Arts Studio, which is open on Saturdays for children and their caregivers to think, play, and create together.
Grace Farms Foundation provides training for the Fairfield County Detective School on human trafficking investigations. In April 2018, the Foundation lead our first training for counseling and case-work service providers, in collaboration with Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, CT.
In December 2018, Grace Farms Foundation hosted its annual, charitable evening to assemble packages of blankets, toiletries, and other essential items for local families and children in need.
The West and East Barn were once joined by an H-shaped cross section, and served as horse stalls for an equestrian facility. With SANAA’s renovations, the East and West Barn have distinct meeting spaces and are centered around a welcoming Plaza with apple and plum trees. Notable architectural details include:
West Barn Welcome Center with greeting space
An arts studio with its own exterior exit for ventilation