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The Grand Opening of The Center for the Arts: A World of New Possibilities for Glenholme Students

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The Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
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At center stage for the Grand Opening were (from left to right) Glenholme Executive Director Maryann Campbell, and Development Board members Skip Grappotte, David O. Russell, Mary Ann Bartels, Robin Baron, Doug Bowen, Ellen Bowen, Alice Kane, and Darla Quinton while David O. Russell and Robin Baron, two steadfast supporters of The Center for the Arts, cut the ceremonial ribbon.
The Center for the Arts May 2011
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The Center for the Arts officially opened on May 13, 2011.
Parents Weekend 2011 Choral Performance
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The chorus sang a selection of celebratory songs for the grand opening event.
Jim Carrey joins Glenholme families in The Center for the Arts
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Jim Carrey and Glenholme familes were entertained by a parent-student improv performance in The Center for the Arts on May 14, 2011.
Parents' Weekend 2009
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During Parents' Weekend in 2009, Glenholme broke ground on The Center for the Arts with the celebrity support of James Marsden and Jessica Biel.
Washington, CT - On Friday, May 13, 2011, the Glenholme community gathered together for the highly anticipated Grand Opening of The Center for the Arts. Addressing the audience, Glenholme’s Executive Director, Maryann Campbell, spoke passionately of the importance of the Arts to the students at Glenholme, and of the many benefits – academic, emotional, intellectual, and social – that flow from a strong Arts program. Ms. Campbell detailed the decade-long process of creating this remarkable space, beginning with a sermon at a small church in Roxbury, CT, during which a generous donor became acquainted with The Glenholme School. With the support of this individual, the Development Board, parents, staff, students, and countless others, a plan for the art center developed.

During Parents’ Weekend of 2009, Ms. Campbell broke ground alongside two special guests - James Marsden and Jessica Biel. This year, we were honored to have Jim Carrey and Tracy Morgan attend Parents’ Weekend to lend their support. Glenholme is deeply grateful to these celebrities and to all of our supporters, for helping to make The Center for the Arts a reality. Designed in the colonial style of the late 1890s, the 10,000 square-foot building boasts two visual art galleries, a 299-seat theater, quality sound and lighting systems, a control room, and ample space for rehearsals and professional performances.

After her remarks, Ms. Campbell invited the members of the Development Board to join her on stage for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. David O. Russell, George Grappotte, Mary Ann Bartels, Doug and Ellen Bowen, Robin Baron, Alice Kane, and Darla Quinton took their places center stage as two students stretched a gold ribbon taught. Ms. Campbell presented the two-foot ceremonial scissors to Mr. Russell and Ms. Baron, and together, they cut the ribbon. With that, The Center for the Arts and a world of possibilities for the Glenholme community were opened.

“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. This building is essential to our mission of making the arts a vital, effective, and ongoing part of every student’s life at Glenholme,” said Maryann Campbell. “We are grateful for the extraordinary support for the school and the confidence expressed in our vision for the future.”

The Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding school for young people who are often considered fragile and complex, diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety as well as learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Our learning environment supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/. Devereux Connecticut.
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