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New Canaan's Grace Farms Brings Artists Together With Summer Programs

Grace Farms Foundation’s Arts Initiative summer programs will present a series of site-specific pieces, workshops, collaborations, conversations and performances in New Canaan.
Grace Farms Foundation’s Arts Initiative summer programs will present a series of site-specific pieces, workshops, collaborations, conversations and performances in New Canaan. Photo Credit: Contributed/Sasha Arutyunova

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Grace Farms Foundation’s Arts Initiative summer programs, which bring artists together to develop and present new work, will present a series of site-specific pieces, workshops, collaborations, conversations and performances in New Canaan.

The summer series includes a performance by singer/songwriter Kelley McRae, as well as a second installment of Grace Farms' Practicing series, which will explore the concept of awe.

“The Arts Initiative fuels connections across disciplines and provides a canvas to express and respond to nature, community, justice and faith,” said Sharon Prince, president of Grace Farms Foundation. “We look forward to our summer programming at Grace Farms, bringing together and inspiring creative minds amidst 80 verdant acres and extended vistas.”

‎Grace Farms Foundation’s Practicing series will continue with Practicing Awe from Wednesday, July 27, to Saturday, July 30.

The series will bring together New York City-based Gallim Dance, multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer-songwriter Cindertalk, counter tenor Daniel Moody, soprano Nola Richardson and Grace Farms Nature and Wildlife Ambassador Mark Fowler. The culminating performance and free public audience discussion will take place on July 30 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The foundation’s first summer season will also feature a special performance series, Sunset Performances, which will continue on Saturday, Aug. 13 with the southern folk styles of singer/songwriter Kelley McRae from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $25.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience the site-specific art commissions and permanent art installations throughout Grace Farms.

“The integration of the arts has been at the forefront of Grace Farms’ programming since the beginning, when we invited artists, such as Aloe Blacc and Paul Taylor Dance Company, as our first guests in 2014 to make work in response to the River building as it took shape during construction,” said Kenyon Adams, arts initiative director. “Since then, Grace Farms Foundation has presented artists across seven disciplines, and continues to provide artists across the globe with opportunities to connect and create new, collaborative and site-specific work inspired by the peaceful respite which Grace Farms itself is becoming.”

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