Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center

The 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

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The Frederick Gunn School Theatre Program will present Head Over Heels: The Musical on February 23, 24, and 25 at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. Family, friends, and the community are welcome to attend. No registration is required. Admission is free.
 

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Four student-artists from The Frederick Gunn School were selected to participate in the annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. Their work will be featured through February 3 at the Donald and Linda Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford.
 

Students at Northern Region Festival Auditions 2022

Ten students in the Gunn Music Program traveled to Avon High School on November 12 to audition for the Connecticut Music Educator Association (CMEA) Northern Region Music Festival. Of those 10, six students were selected to perform at the regional music festival, January 13 and 14, 2023, at New Britain High School. The festival ensembles will include a concert band, orchestra, mixed choir and jazz ensemble.
 

art for 2022 holiday concert

The Frederick Gunn School Music Program will present Somewhere in My Memory, Music for the Holiday Season, featuring 48 student musicians in String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, and Jazz Band along with special musical guests. Family, friends and the community are invited to attend the performance on Monday, December 12, at 7 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center. Admission is free with general admission seating. 
 

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Two students from The Frederick Gunn School have been selected to participate in ASAP!’s 12th annual Celebration of Young Photographers. Daniel Conlan ’26 and YoYo Zhang ’24 will have their original photographs featured in a juried exhibition on Sunday, November 13, from 2-4 p.m. at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington Depot. If you would like to attend the exhibit, registration is required. Click here to register online.
 

Robin Wall Kimmerer

On Friday, October 28, The Frederick Gunn School will host “An Evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer” in the Thomas Perakos Arts and Community Center on campus, in collaboration with the Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) in Washington and the acclaimed modern dance company Pilobolus. This discussion and performance is “structured around connecting people with a healthier relationship to Mother Earth as well as to all of our relatives, human and non-human alike,” said Gabe Benjamin, Camp Director, Public Programs Coordinator & Educator at IAIS.
 

Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender

Gunn students, faculty, parents, friends, and the community are invited to attend a powerful one-woman show, Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender, written and performed by Lisa Wolpe, who will be a guest artist in residence at The Frederick Gunn School next week. The performance is Thursday, October 20, from 8-9 p.m. in the Tisch Family Auditorium of the Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center on campus. Admission is free with general admission seating. No registration is required.