The Peacehaven Community Farm Sensory Space is an interactive sculpture with a variety of elements of interest to all children, with a special focus on children with sensory differences. Located at the center of the Carolyn & Maurice LeBauer Park - a 3.5 acre public park in downtown Greensboro - this sculpture was commissioned in 2015 and completed in August 2016.
It is estimated that as many as one in every six children from the general population and up to 80% of children with a disability may be oversensitive (or undersensitive) to stimulation of any of the senses. For someone with significant sensory processing differences, sensory signals received by the brain may be garbled and disorganized and can disrupt everyday life. Sensory spaces can help make these experiences less disruptive. Find out more about sensory processing by downloading this overview created by the project’s sensory consultant, Meg Harris, an occupational therapist practicing in the Greensboro community.
The Peacehaven Sensory Space was designed by North Carolina artists Cynthia Frank and Carrie Gault with input from a diverse leadership team, our sensory consultant, and children with disabilities and their families. Many of these families joined us for an Art Collaboration Day at the Greenhill Center’s ArtQuest space in downtown Greensboro. At this event, children with disabilities and their families worked alongside a variety of artists on creative exercises to express the way each of us takes in information from the world using multiple senses. The results of the day were captured by our commissioned artists and can be found embedded within the Sensory Space sculpture. You may visit the Space during park operating hours, 7 am – 11 pm daily.
Peacehaven Community Farm is proud to be a voice in the region enabling more inclusive spaces for people with disabilities, and we are thankful for the financial backing we’ve received from The Cemala Foundation, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, ArtsGreensboro, and many individual donors listed below. Many thanks also to our public art consultant and project manager, Cheryl Stewart, many folks at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, our diverse Leadership Team, and the many artists and families who contributed to the creation of this unique work of art. If you haven’t already done so, we hope you will visit LeBauer Park and the Peacehaven Sensory Space. If you have kids, make sure to download this activity sheet to help spur more imagination and wonder!
Here are some news stories that provide more background and context on the Peacehaven Community Farm Sensory Space: