Grace Farms is a non-profit center that is located on an 80-acre site in New Canaan, Connecticut. It is operated by Grace Farms Foundation, an organization that is focused on “advancing faith, nature, arts, community, and justice initiatives.” Enhancing lives, the center is a space shared by the public and other non-profit organizations.
Sharon Prince currently serves as Grace Farms Foundation’s Chair and President. Established in 2009, Grace Farms Foundation and the Grace Farms center have received numerous awards since its launching and opening, respectively. AIA National 2017 Architecture Honor Award, Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, and the 2016 Innovation by Design Award for Social Good are some of the notable awards previously received by both the foundation and the center. Recently, Sharon Prince was appointed to the 2018 AIA Architecture Jury.
Before Grace Farms, Sharon Prince acquired her Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Business Administration degrees at the University of Tulsa. She was also the former President of the outerwear brand, 66North.
In a recent article dated June 13th of 2019, we take an in-depth look at Sharon Prince and the leadership behind the Grace Farms Foundation and the Grace Farms center. The article begins by taking a quote from the Chair and President of Grace Farms Foundation. In it, Sharon Prince talks about the importance of the people who collaborate to make a positive difference in the world. She says that the Grace Farms, the setting where great visions are born through inspiration from the collective minds of people of whom have made commitments as a driving force in making their visions a reality.
Chronicle Week’s article entitled “Sharon Prince Leads Vision for Grace Farms, a New Kind of Public Space”, discusses how it’s possible that this innovative way of bringing the ideas of community centers, town squares, and libraries forward can set a new model for the next generations to come.
Next, the article talks about the location of the center as briefly mentioned. It says that the public space or center was opened in 2015. It then talks about the leadership behind the Grace Farms Foundation and their respective areas of expertise. In addition to Sharon Prince, Krishna Patel, Rod Khattabi, J. Mark Fowler, Karen Ludwig Kariuki, Matthew Croasmun, and Pamela Ruggio are named in the article with each of their respective leadership roles.