Our Mission

James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson at their summer home, Five Acres.

James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson at their summer home, Five Acres.

Our mission is to advance the legacy of James Weldon Johnson through educational, intellectual and artistic works that impact the contemporary world and exemplify Johnson’s enduring contributions to American history and worldwide culture.

Foundation History

Established in June, 2016, the Foundation has set multiple programs in motion including an artist residency beginning in summer, 2017. In addition, the Foundation preserves Five Acres, the summer home and writing cabin of James Weldon Johnson in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The writing cabin is one of very few of its kind that still stand in the United States. It is undergoing a meticulous restoration, the goal of which is to allow visitors to instantly imagine Johnson at work at his original desk. Additionally, the Foundation is currently supporting projects in the fine arts and performing arts.