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Invest in Excellence: Front & Center

Why a campaign?

Since the 1970s, when Walnut Hill’s mission officially shifted from an all-girls boarding school to a school for talented young artists, Walnut Hill’s student enrollment has more than doubled. This steady growth has put a strain on our physical spaces (especially the performance venues), endowment funds, and programmatic resources. The time has come to raise dedicated funding to address these challenges.

How will campaign dollars be used?

In 2014, the Board of Trustees voted to launch a Capital Campaign to support the strategic initiatives of the School. This $15 million campaign, Invest in Excellence: Front & Center, has three key priorities:

1. Improving Campus Facilities (Goal: $8.5 million)

In recent decades, we have been retrofitting buildings to meet our needs as a preeminent arts educator. It is time to intentionally build spaces that reflect and amplify the creative talents of our student body, improve sustainability, and integrate cutting-edge technologies.

2. Growing the Endowment (Goal: $3 million)

With an endowment of $16 million, Walnut Hill lags significantly behind our peer schools. A larger endowment will boost our financial aid budget, which provides need-based scholarship to 40% of our students. Growing the endowment will help cover the expenses that come with new buildings and support the excellence of our faculty and staff. A larger endowment will secure our financial position for generations to come.

3. Supporting the Annual Fund (Goal: $3.5 million)

Annual contributions help us close the gap between the cost of tuition and what it truly takes to educate our students. Annual support impacts nearly every corner of the campus and all of our programs. From recruiting and retaining phenomenal faculty to financial aid support to class field trips, annual fund dollars are the fuel that powers our everyday needs.

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We Need You!

You can participate in Invest in Excellence: Front & Center by making a cash gift, a gift of securities or a planned gift. Leadership gifts may be payable over a period of up to five years. For more information, please contact Marie Longo, Chief Advancement Officer (mlongo@walnuthillarts.org , 508.650.5019)

A Message from the Head of School

“We believe that art and creative thinking are essential to promoting a more tolerant, mindful, and beautiful world. The open mindset that an arts education supports is crucial in preparing student to find new solutions to the complex problems of our ever-changing world. Thank you for being a part of the Walnut Hill community. Your investment in this campaign will help us transform the world.”
-Antonio Viva, Head of School

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