• Visual Arts
  • Drawing and painting studio
  • Ceramics studio
  • Graphic design classroom
  • Photography studio with two darkrooms

Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center

The Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center opened on Monday January 6, 2020.

The new 32,000-square-foot center is one of the largest facilities on our campus and showcases our Visual and Performing Arts programs. The project also replaced a parking lot with new, pedestrian-friendly green space between the new building and the dining hall and moves parking and daily traffic away from the campus core. This building represented the first step of our comprehensive, long-range Campus Master Plan.

The building includes:

  • A state-of-the-art, 415-seat, performing arts theater where the entire school gathers for meetings and events
  • Community and event space for multiple uses
  • Classrooms and collaborative spaces
  • Studios for drawing and painting, ceramics and graphic arts
  • Darkroom and photography studio
  • Gallery spaces to regularly display student work and permanent collections
  • Choral and instrumental practice spaces, including a drum room
  • A technical shop for building and assembling sets

In my opinion, this is a game changer for FGS students and for generations to follow. It will provide this wonderful school with the facilities to deliver a distinguished, diversified and unique curriculum. The performing arts program at The Frederick Gunn School is currently thriving and soon it will have a venue to match its caliber and advance it to its greatest potential. This is truly a dream come true!

Thomas S. perakos '69

I have always thought that the addition of a comprehensive arts center, including performing and fine arts, makes an educational institution complete and whole. Art raises the quality of our lives. I am pleased to be part of all of this, an initiative that will bring many opportunities to students of The Frederick Gunn School for many years to come.

Richard C. Colton Jr., '60

Naming Opportunities

New Parking Lot and Plantings   $500,000
Stage   $500,000
Sound/Technical Room in Theater   $350,000
Large Instrument Rehearsal Room   $250,000
Stage Set Shop/Maker Space   $250,000
Theatrical Lighting   $250,000
Painting/Drawing Room   $200,000
Ceramics Studio   $200,000
Theatrical Sound/Control Room   $125,000
New Drop off Semi Circle   $100,000
Catering Kitchen   $100,000
Dark Room   $75,000
Dressing Rooms (2 @ $75k each)   $75,000
Faculty Offices (5  @ $50k each)  


Small Practice Rooms (4 @ $50k each)  


Projector & Screen  


Control Room/ Recording Room  


Front Entrance Vestibule (Upper Level)  


Stage/Piano Storage Room  


Pavilion at Upper Parking  


Film Room  


Lower Level Entrance Vestibule  




18 ft Counter along Community Room Wall (reclaimed wood)  


7x3 ft. Table for Community Room (reclaimed wood) ( 2 @ $5.5k each)  


6 ft. Mantle for Community Room  


Benches (4 @ $2.5k-$5k each)  


Auditorium Seats (415 @ $1k each)  


Name of Building   Committed
Auditorium   Committed
Community Room   Committed
Large Choral Rehearsal Room   Committed
Glade   Committed
Arts Corridor - Main Floor   Committed
Photo Studio / Video Production Space   Committed
Graphic Arts Room / Digital Studio   Committed
Arts Corridor - Lower Level   Committed
Hearth   Committed
Group Study Room   Committed

A project of this size and scale has many different naming opportunities at all different levels. For details and information on how you can support this project, please contact Sean Brown, Director of Development, at (860) 350-0183 or browns@frederickgunn.org.