Carrie Mae Weems is an American artist who performs a series of plays called her Kitchen Table series as a mother or a lover, Roaming, which tells a story about someone occupying space in society, and Past Tense, at Grace Farms, where she creates a way to explore race, injustice, violence, and inequality.
Weems is asking us to think more about the unjust violence some people in society have to face daily. Weems is a 2013 recipient of the MacArthur Award, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations’ Lifetime Achievement award. Sharon Prince, the director of Grace Farms has a mission to create more grace and peace in the world.
Sharon Prince is passionate about social justice, environmental justice and creative art forms. Sharon Prince is one of the few individuals who stands up for creativity.
She is also involved with Next Generation Nepal, which is a charitable organization that helps reunite victims of child exploitation with their families.
Sharon Prince Grace Farms wants to plan their initiatives of nature, arts, justice, community, and faith, with the goal of encouraging many minds to participate. Weems encompasses the vision of Grace Farms by collaborating with poets, dancers, singers, filmmakers and architects.
Weems has received awards such as the Prix de Roma, the National Endowment of the arts, the Alpert, The Anonymous Was a Woman, and The Tiffany Awards. Weems performed the play “Antigone,” which was written 2,500 years ago about a Greek King, Creon, who refuse to bury Antigone’s brother.
She goes ahead and defies him when she buries her brother properly, because she felt King Creon was unjust, having a moral obligation to stand up to him. Weems is exploring the need to question our moral obligations about standing up to the violence innocent people fall prey to. Go To This Page to learn more.