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 Gunn 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

Arts News

Highlander Guard Alumni Weekend 2022

More than 375 alumni and friends returned to campus June 10-12 to celebrate Alumni Weekend. This year’s event welcomed alumni from classes ending in 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s, 6s, and 7s to celebrate milestone reunions. Alumni traveled from as far as Paris, Seattle, Charlotte, and Minneapolis, and some from just down the street in Washington. More than 25 members of the Class of 1987 turned out to celebrate their 35th Reunion. Their enthusiasm was closely rivaled by about 20 alumni from the Class of 1982, celebrating their 40th Reunion, and 18 from the Class of 2002, celebrating their 20th!
 

2022 Halo Award Nomination announcement

Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, who received a combined 14 Halo High School Theater Award nominations this week, including nods for Best Musical, Best Chorus, and Best Performance By A Cast In An Ensemble Production.
 

Spring Concert 2022_Community Date ONLY

The Frederick Gunn School Music Program will present its annual spring concert, Swing Into Spring! featuring students in String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz Band under the direction of Ron Castonguay, Director of the Arts and Music Director. Family, friends and the community are invited to attend the performance on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. only in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. Admission is free with general admission seating. All guests are required to adhere to the school’s Visitor Policy.
 

TPACC Ribbon Cutting

On April 23, The Frederick Gunn School community gathered to officially celebrate the opening of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. It was an exciting and historic day for the school, notable in that it allowed students, faculty, administrators, Trustees and alumni to honor and thank in person lead donors, including Trustee Emeritus Jonathan Tisch ’72 and Thomas Perakos ’69, and all who helped to make this remarkable, 32,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building possible.
 

Love, Loss and What I Wore graphic

The Frederick Gunn School Faculty will present a staged reading of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and directed by Gunn faculty member Sarah Rose Archer. The performance will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium. Students, faculty, staff and the community are welcome to attend. Admission is free with general admission seating. All theatre patrons are asked to comply with the school’s current Visitor Policy.
 

Chamber_Concert_art

The Frederick Gunn School Music Program will present, "A Chamber Concert: An Eclectic Mix of Music Solos," featuring 17 students in the Music Program, on Friday, April 29, in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. Family, friends and the community are welcome to attend. All attendees are asked to comply with the school’s current Visitor Policy. General admission seating. Pre-registration is not required. Admission is free.

 

Two Left Turns by Lilly O'Farrell '22

The Washington Art Association's Second Annual High School Emerging Artists Expo features original work by several Frederick Gunn School students. This juried art show is open to all high school student-artists in the area who design and create original work. The exhibition, which will remain on view through April 24, features over 80 pieces in the mediums of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media and digital art, WAA said.
 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Poster

The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, February 24-26 at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. The February 24 and 25 shows are open to students and faculty only. Parents and the community are invited to attend one night only on February 26. Admission is free. No registration is required. In accordance with the school’s Visitor Policy, all theatre patrons are required to be fully vaccinated and will be required to wear a mask indoors.