Arts at Wheeler


Fostering creativity and self-expression through visual and performing arts

Mary C. Wheeler was an Impressionist painter who believed art brought education to life; from the School’s first years, the arts have always been central to the Wheeler experience.

Each of our schools integrates visual and performing arts into its curriculum, giving students of all ages the opportunity to grow through self-expression, to explore new genres and disciplines, and to further develop their talents.

We also connect to our communities through the arts.

Visual Arts

Our well-respected Chazan Gallery, which showcases local artists, mounted its first show in the original Wheeler Gallery in 1969. Students get to exhibit there each spring. Our Public Art Initiative was launched in 2007 to bring art for all to enjoy on the outdoor spaces of our two campuses. Recently, student and faculty artists created — on nearby Thayer Street — murals to raise eyebrows and awareness about the urban coyote and to put viewers INSIDE Claude Monet’s Giverny garden. We believe in creativity.


Performing Arts

Students can dance, sing, perform and enjoy learning about music and drama within a large department of professional musicians who have amazing facilities to support their programs. Student performers support community events such as annual holiday strolls, awareness-raising walks, and fundraisers. We “pop up” at local schools, daycares, and senior centers.  We believe in creativity.

See our Performing Arts Calendar here.

Visual Arts

Our students continue to walk in Miss Wheeler’s path of creativity and expression through our extensive visual arts programming, tailored to each child’s age and developmental level.

Performing Arts

The performing arts encourage self-expression, confidence, and collaboration; Wheeler offers music, dance, drama, and more to give all of our students their chance in the spotlight.

Chazan Gallery

The Chazan Gallery is our nonprofit artists’ space, exhibiting contemporary work by artists living or working nearby, chosen via an open jury process. The gallery is open to, and beloved by, the Providence community.

Newsworthy Arts