Welcome to the Farmstead Arts Center
a center for fine, performing and practical arts in Basking Ridge, NJ located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead.
“Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ is unreal, beautiful, breathtaking, and full of history”
Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events at the Farmstead
Bayou in the Barn – Thursday, July 16 from 6 – 9 PM. Zydeco Music by NJ’s top mardi gras band – The VooDudes, Classic Rock by Half Normal, winner of the 2015 Charter Day Battle of the Bands, Southern Eats, a silent auction of art, and games. Family Friendly Fun!
Free Play Reading Mondays continue on July 7th at 7 PM in the Farmhouse: “Tartuffe” by Moliere.
Play with Clay – Pick your time and date by contacting teaching artist Debbie Limoli at 908-705-2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org Father’s Day Event this Tuesday and Saturday!
Volunteers are needed for Bayou in the Barn July 16 to help with games, set up and taking donations. Also need volunteer to serve as Treasurer, Construction Committee Members, Public Relations, History Specialist, Performing Arts Coordinator, Membership Chair, Grant Writer, Fund Raising Committee and Volunteer Chair. Interested? Read more here.
Great news on Grants! The Farmstead has received a 2014 Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant of $140,424 to be used to continue the restoration of the English Barn, Farm House and Ice House. Work is expected to start in September. Read more about this here. The Friends also received a 2015 Local Arts Programming Grant of $7000 from the SCCHC and the NJSCA to provide concerts, theater, art shows, and more during 2015. Sincere thanks to the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Cultural and Heritage Commission and the NJ State Council on the Arts for making this funding possible!
The Farmstead is a not for profit organization, and relies on memberships and donations to continue to restore the farm buildings and present programs. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Donations to Farmstead Arts, as part of The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization, are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.
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.
Listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, the Farmstead was honored with the New Jersey Preservation Award, one of the State’s highest honors for preservation and adaptive re-use and Somerset County’s Historic Preservation Award. The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead is a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization. Restoration of the buildings at the Farmstead is made possible thanks to funding from the Somerset County Historic Grant Program, the New Jersey Historic Trust and the 1772 Foundation.
The 18th Century English Barn has been beautifully restored thanks to funding from the NJ Historic Trust, Somerset County Historic Preservation Grants, and the 1772 Foundation.
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.
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.