They talked about it in the early ’80s and into the ’90s. It was still a topic in the new millennium, and finally it is here. The new Performing Arts Center is the fulfillment of a dream for our GFA community and is a magnificent space for so many of our programs, from student theater productions, to concerts, to speakers, to student meetings, to individual performances, to guest artists, and on and on. The McGrath Gallery allows our Visual Arts program to display student artwork and projects in a space that is beautiful, light, and spacious.
The presence of this magnificent building elevates our campus with its sophistication and beauty. The clever and innovative use of sustainable materials, recycled rice husks for the siding, and a green roof, make the building even more splendid and in keeping with our campus sustainability initiatives.
The Global Studies Center, which looks across the quad at the Performing Arts Center, opened in September and in just a few weeks has already had a significant impact on our students and program. The center allows for innovative teaching, which is the hallmark of the World Perspectives Program, and the design affords students space for collaboration, an essential 21st century skill.
How proud we all are of the Performing Arts Center and The Global Studies Center and everything these spaces will do for our students and program.
Our first production — the Upper School play, You Can’t Take It With You — will be on the stage November 19, 20, 21. Seats are selling fast. They should; they’ve been a long time coming.