The Arts Department at Brooks School seeks to engage all students and empower them to think both creatively and critically. Through creation and exploration, students have the opportunity to follow their curiosity, discover a new passion, acquire skills and gain insight into the arts that will enrich them in their Brooks experience and beyond.
There is a reason we choose to keep the Arts Department at the center of the Brooks campus. It is a symbol for how the arts fit into the center of our lives.
Art is an important, necessary passion of mine … I have found
that art stimulates a part of my brain that calms me down
and allows me to escape from the world. It has also helped me
to improve my grades in other classes.
Callie Scala ’18
The arts broaden our thinking, teach us to see in new, more sophisticated ways and allow us to fulfill that most basic of human needs, the need to create. At Brooks, we pursue the arts because it allows us to express, to connect, and because by doing it, we find joy. What we do is fun. It gives the soul a space to breathe and the mind room to wander. Through Music, Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance Brooks students find ways to elevate their thinking, but when asked, most students will simply tell you they do it because it’s fun.
The power of the arts at Brooks lies in its balance of individual attention and ample opportunity. The arts program has been redesigned to offer the strength of small classes with diverse offerings. We have instituted our Arts Initiative, which takes the entire third form to experience world-class performances and exhibitions in Theatre, Music, and Visual Arts at three points throughout the year. Our connection with the Robert Lehman Art Center allows students to work side by side with internationally recognized artists several times throughout the year. And our proximity to Boston enables students to take lessons with some of the best teachers in New England. All of this is designed to support the most important part of the arts experience: the teaching. Teachers give one on one attention to their students, whether in the studio, on the stage or as part of a class or co-curricular offering. It is this student-teacher interaction that truly makes the arts at Brooks so special.