Sharon Prince: Advocating for Peace in a Violent World
Sharon Prince is the Chair and President of Grace Farms Foundation, which advocates for spreading change to an ever-increasing problem of violence and hate in the world. The foundations specialize in the implementation of strategies to reach the world through art, nature, faith, and community. She has commissioned the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA to incorporate its accompanying River building. Through this, she has achieved many awards including the AIA National 2017 Architecture Honor Award, Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Award for Social Good and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She specializes in advocating for ending the violent practices of child exploitation, human trafficking, and harmful violence against women on a local, national and international level. Her degrees include a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Tulsa and continually advocates for human rights and putting an end to violence.
Sharon Prince has recently partnered with Carrie Mae Weems in an effort to raise awareness for the current state of the world and the violence that is found within it. She specializes in creating what is known as “Space.” The areas she creates space for our race, injustice, violence, and inequality. Through the implementation of various artists, musicians, and other creative people, Carrie Mae Weems, welcomed by the Grace Farms Foundation, effectively pushes awareness of the reality of the violence of society.
Through this, the shocking conclusion is that we are perhaps on the precipice of self-destruction. However, the main message is one of hope that shines through the darkness. They both believe in a common cause and the possibility of change. Thinking positive towards the future is an effective and important goal and they don’t lose sight of it through the various forms of art to raise awareness for peace.