The Delbridge Family Center for the Arts
Photo by Patrick Rogers
A New Arts Building Opens
Walnut Hill is proud to unveil the Delbridge Family Center for the Arts, a beautiful new building purposefully designed to showcase the many talents of our Walnuts.
Recognizing the need for additional arts venues, the Board of Trustees authorized School leadership to break ground in May 2015 on the first intentionally designed multi-purpose arts building in the history of Walnut Hill. Named in honor of our lead donors, the Delbridge Family Center for the Arts is made possible by a generous gift from longtime Trustee Sandra Delbridge and her husband, Kevin, parents of theater major Jessica Delbridge De Kler ’00 and visual art major Alyce Delbridge ’05.
“Witnessing firsthand the impact that the School had on our two daughters, it’s easy for us to see the value in the Walnut Hill experience. They each were able to pursue their dreams in large part because of what they learned at Walnut Hill. We give back because we believe that participation in the arts will help our young people to lead enriched lives and make the world a more accepting, imaginative place.” - Campaign Chairs, Sandra & Kevin Delbridge P’00/’05
This new arts center was designed for maximum artistic flexibility, including movable staging; freestanding seating; and state-of-the-art lighting, soundboard, and acoustics. It offers a lobby area that doubles as an art gallery for our visual artists. The performance studio on the main floor will serve as a spectacular venue for art shows, readings, concerts, plays and dance performances. The dance studio on the second floor will offer a spacious practice room for our dance and theater majors. Courtyards at the front and rear entrances expand the opportunities for creative collaboration and community building.With a construction price tag of $8.5 million, the new building is the centerpiece of the campaign. To date, we have raised over $6.5 million from Trustees and other close friends of the School. Exciting naming opportunities, ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000 are still available.