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   A major part of the concept and impetus for forming the Corporation came from the experience of completing "Brentwood, No. 24" in Avon, Connecticut, itself a multifaceted art project, and two previous art projects, "Reverse Pioneering" in Newton, Massachusetts and "Discovering America" in Portland, Oregon. Each of these art projects, with progressive complexity, crosses the disciplinary boundaries between art, architecture, philosophy and poetry. These works expand mental boundaries and broaden the perspective of what people would consider for their own dwellings. One of the most important goals of these projects is the expression of the subjective reality of freedom in the United States, and how this becomes a multifaceted gift that actualizes itself in numerous ways for immigrants to the United States. With that as a point of departure, Fermata continues to mark its progress by the many and varied current and past projects and programs documented on the Our Projects page.

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the Corporation is to aid in the preservation of peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. The model for achieving this is through the synthesis of art, architecture, philosophy and poetry. The Corporation exists to promote and encourage true intercultural dialogue between countries, through which the representatives of different countries can discover shared values and spiritual commonality.

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Sean Cummings

FAF Board President Sean Cummings with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino during dedication of his MassArt class' Bus Shelter design-build project for the Carter School in Boston's South End.


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