Creating the Center for the Arts

On May 13, Head of School John Packard broke ground in front of the campus' historic barn during Alumni Weekend, marking the beginning of construction on Brooks School’s new Center for the Arts. See the work as it progresses:

The $28 million facility will bond the visual, musical, and performing arts together and place them on display through the building’s many stunning walls of windows. The project will provide our community with a facility that supports student self-expression, invites creativity across disciplines and elevates the arts within our curriculum.

Project Timeline

  • June 7: Demolition of the visual arts building and Danforth Memorial building, began ahead of schedule.
  • June 12: The barn was taken down and debris cleared to make away for construction on the new center.

  • August: Concrete was poured for the basements.
  • October: Crews erected vertical steel beams to form the roof, while more steel was installed for floors.
  • February: The building should be weather-tight, enabling interior work throughout the winter.
Follow Brooks School’s social media for photos, footage and updates on the Center for the Arts project as they happen:


It's an exciting project
that will open up a
wide range of possibilities
for our arts program
while transforming the
center of our campus.

Head of School John Packard