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Glenholme Art Center comes to completion

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Art Center November
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In November, Glenholme prepares the Center for the Arts for it's first public event.
Maryann Campbell with James Marsden and Jessica Biel
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James Marsden and Jessica Biel, pictured with Glenholme executive director Maryann Campbell, supported the May 2009 Parents Weekend Auction event, which benefited the Center for the Arts.
Center for the Arts May 2010
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The crews worked tirelessly to button up the building by May of 2010.
Center for the Arts May 2010
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Construction on the Center for the Arts continued through the cold, wintery months.
Photo taken January 7, 2010.
Washington, CT - The entire Glenholme community will soon gather in their newly constructed Center for the Arts for the school’s first public event in December. The art center expands and enhances the theater arts and fine arts offerings for the school and the community.

The Center for the Arts, continuing the early colonial style of Glenholme from the late 1890s also reflects the evolving elements of education in the arts in the theater, classrooms, and galleries designed for the integration of social programming and accommodations for collaborative learning at the school. The nearly 10,000 square foot two-story structure boasts four galleries, a 299-seat theater complete with a control room and ample backstage space for professional performances.

The project to construct the art center was sparked by a church service conversation which later evolved into a decade-long dedication of the school and several key supporters. In May of 2009, Glenholme broke ground for construction amidst celebrity splendor of James Marsden and Jessica Biel and one year ago this month the backhoes began excavating for the construction on the school’s former soccer field. Even as the fundraising efforts continue for a number of key elements of the theater, the art center now comes to completion. The extraordinary support for this project reflects a continuation of confidence in the school’s vision of the future with the Arts as a vital, effective and ongoing part of every student’s life.

The Center for the Arts assists the school in their mission to provide an exceptional learning environment for students with special needs. Central to that mission is the Arts, an essential treatment tool of the Glenholme program. By providing diverse and creative means for promoting growth in social skills, the Arts is a particularly effective method for educating students with social, emotional and academic deficiencies. Success, especially for the students of Glenholme, includes a healthy educational experience rich in creativity and involvement only the Arts can provide.

“The completion of the Center for the Arts is a statement of confidence in Glenholme and will have an incredible impact on our future and the future of all students of the school,” said Glenholme Executive Director Maryann Campbell. “We are grateful for the dedication, leadership and tremendous generosity of our supporters.”

The Glenholme School, a Devereux Center, is an exceptional boarding school for students with special needs, which offers an individually prescribed learning environment with a steadfast academic curriculum. Using our effective individualized services, we apply a positive behavior support model focused on development of social skills and lifelong strategies for success. The school’s milieu therapy addresses varying levels of academic, social and special needs development in boys and girls ages 10-18 and postgraduates. We prepare graduates for continued education in traditional day schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/.
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