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.
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.
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.