Welcome to Farmstead Arts, a center for fine, performing and practical arts in Basking Ridge, NJ. Farmstead Arts offers art classes, workshops, art exhibits, theater, concerts, dance, children’s activities and lectures in history and the arts. Local artists utilize the upstairs rooms in the farmhouse for individual studio space.
The arts center is located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, an award-winning historic preservation project centered around the 18th century farmhouse, English barn, cow shed and wagon house. The Farmstead is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, and was honored with the New Jersey Preservation Award, one of the State’s highest honors for preservation and adaptive re-use. The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead is a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization.
To make a donation online, please click the icon below:
|or send a check payable to:The Friends of KMS Farmstead
P.O. Box 155,
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920Annual Membership fees are $35/ $20 for seniors and students. Membership applications are here.
What’s new at Farmstead Arts?
On Mon. 3/3 , 2014 at 7 PM, The Farmstead Players will be reading the one-act play (about one-hour long) by the Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, The Intruder. The public is welcome to attend this monthly event in the Farmhouse. No admission charge.
Children’s Art Classes with Anita McKenna Murphy continue with a new 4 week session in March for after school and for home schoolers on Wednesdays. Classes for creative adults are also available.
Art ‘Round the World – a 5 week workshop on Saturdays from 3 – 4 PM for students in grades 3 – 7 start March 15.
Plan to attend the Ridge Art Show with gallery hours on Sundays starting March 2 and the closing reception with music, food and art ( with a theme of Food!) at the Farmstead.
All current members are invited to enter the First Annual Members’ Art Show to be held March 23 – April 6. Entries are due by March 10.
The Annual Membership Meeting for the Friends of the KMS Farmstead will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 1 PM in the Farmhouse. All members are welcome.
Great News on Grants. Somerset County has awarded the Farmstead an Historic Preservation Grant of $168,000 to install electricity and a ramp in the English Barn, a new tarp for the cow shed, an historic marker and stabilize the fireplace in the Farmhouse. The Farmstead is also honored to have received a 1772 Foundation grant to paint the English Barn. This month, we learned that The Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission has awarded the Farmstead a grant of $4000 for programming and general support for 2014. The Board and Friends of the Farmstead are very grateful for these grants. We consider the Farmstead very fortunate that funding through these State, County and private programs continues to be made available through tough economic times. Funding is crucial in allowing us to continue the Farmstead’s mission of enhancing cultural opportunities within our communities and beyond.
Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State /County Partnership Local Arts Program.