The mission of the Arts Department is to empower all students to discover and foster their creativity by giving them skills and tools to develop and explore their own personal self-expression.

We strive to create an open and encouraging artistic environment.


Why the Arts?

Through the arts, a life lived is lived fully. The arts touch all people and must be an everyday experience. As they explore the arts, students develop a deeper understanding of the human experience, one that enriches their lives as adults. A well-rounded and well-educated individual is literate in the arts. Arts literacy informs the world around us — the arts have always played a role in creating cultures and building civilizations. The arts are deeply connected to all academic subjects and are, in fact, the foundation for academic study.

The arts enhance the learning process, making artistic connections in English, history, math, science and world languages — all of which makes education exciting and accessible, helping students discover the artist within. The arts must be practiced and celebrated every day.

Strength in the Arts

The arts have been an integral part of the Marvelwood program since the School’s founding. Our students are actively engaged in both the performing arts and visual arts, constantly creating art and making connections with the world around them through their art.

Our current facilities, however, are inadequate and the physical space simply does not meet the demands of current or future programming.

 

The Impact

Imagine the Arts Center as the place on campus that brings students and faculty together to celebrate dance, film, music, theater and visual arts — a place to congregate and to develop. Imagine the art gallery with exhibitions of recognized local and national painters, ceramicists and photographers throughout the year, as well as installations of fabric arts and filmmakers and annual exhibits of student art. Add student poetry slams, performance art, and dance performances in the amphitheater; 24-hour play festivals, classical and contemporary plays and musicals in the theater; and chamber music and piano recitals onstage and in the art gallery. Visualize space for students to practice violin, cello, trumpet, voice and composition in private studios. Think about the excitement of a yearly schedule of performances, presenting national artists that include dance companies, cabaret singers, pianists, string quartets and theater companies; and summer theater and musical conservatories, national playwriting festival and dance residencies. Add an annual arts festival on Skiff Mountain.

The Solution

The solution is clear — the school must renovate the current Performing Arts Center. Using the existing footprint of the PAC, a new 210-seat theater will be created, allowing for a flexible stage and seating arrangement. Included in the renovation will be two music classrooms, four music practice rooms, photography and film studios, a scene shop/makerspace, a green room, a theatre lab, a costume and prop studio, two dressing rooms, an arts office and pantry.

The renovation will include energy-efficient lighting, new stage lighting, air-conditioning, new electrical throughout the building, updated bathrooms, and soundproofing. The projected cost of the project is $3,500,000.


Please Join Us

The Arts have never been more important to Marvelwood and to our society. The world of tomorrow belongs to those who are imaginative problem solvers, who can create intellectual property, and who infuse the passion of play into the meaning of work. Art informs life on the deepest of levels.

Throughout Marvelwood’s history, members of our community have given generously to help the School grow and develop into an exceptional institution. Such strong financial support is critical to making the new Arts Center a reality for our community of learners. The renovation of the PAC will enhance the School’s performing and visual arts programs and encourage excellence in arts education through an interdisciplinary approach. It will create Magic on the Mountain. Join with us in support of an initiative to create a 21st century Arts Center at Marvelwood.

 

Gift Naming Opportunities

Naming of the Arts Center

$1 million    

Theatre

Pledged

Theatre Lights and Sound

$300,000

Scene Shop/ Maker Space

$200,000

Film Studio . 

Pledged

Music Rooms (2)

$100,000

Green Room/ Salon

Pledged

Music Practice Rooms (4)
 
$25,000each/ 2 pledged
 

Photography Studio

Pledged

Costumes and Props Studio

$75,000

Dressing Rooms (2)

$75,000

Arts Office

$75,000

Theatre Lab

$150,000

Pantry

$50,000

Lobby

Pledged

The mission of the Arts Department is to empower all students to discover and foster their creativity by giving them skills and tools to develop and explore their own personal self-expression.

We strive to create an open and encouraging artistic environment.