As the summer months come to an end, I find myself amazed at how quickly the warm, sun-filled days have gone by. While many of you took time away from campus, our summer programs were busy creating art on the Hill. Without question, the arrival of summer students and faculty to 12 Highland Street brought an energy and enthusiasm that simply could not be matched. I encourage you to review the orientation schedule and the key dates noted for the first few weeks of school. Faculty, staff, advisors and dorm parents have been working hard to prepare for the arrival of students. As we begin the 2019–2020 school year, I wanted to share with you some of the work that has happened during the summer months and some of the exciting new changes we are looking forward to this year.
Through My Lens Archive
We often hear that Walnut Hill is a unique community. While there are many reasons for this, one recent and particularly illustrative example was our annual celebration of Patriots’ Day. Because we embrace “community” as one of our five core values here at the School, students, faculty, and staff come together annually and put their hearts and energy into a day of celebrating community, from both a local and an international perspective.
With the Olympics happening this winter and if you find yourself in South Korea, I thought I would share a list list of experiences I think you would enjoy, even if you only have a few hours in Seoul.
Just last week, I was speaking with two leadership students about how challenging the month of February can be. The days are still short, the weather is often cold, and the start of a second semester is now squarely behind us. And lately, I find myself trying to digest the news that comes streaming on my iPod, phone, and laptop, and wondering: how do we stay positive, and forward-thinking, in light of recent events?
Every January I travel south, usually before, but sometimes after the Super Bowl to visit with Walnut Hill alums in Florida. Some years, we travel both coasts, some years we only do one. This was one of those years where the east coast of Florida would outline our travel. Walnut Hill alums who call the Sunshine State home span widely with recent graduates in the class of 2017, to alums playing as artistic fellows with New World Symphony between 2008 and 2010.
As a Head of School, photographer, and writer, I have come to appreciate that less is more. Having the right tools to be able to do one’s work as well as manage the challenges of travel, both domestic and international, requires a focus on quality tools and a minimal approach. This everyday carry achieves that and more, and it goes with me regardless of whether I am walking across campus for a day in the office or headed on a flight to the west coast to visit with alumni.
Happy New Year! 2018 howled in with the gift of two extra days of winter break, due to the major New England storm we experienced throughout the area. I am convinced that every member of our community enjoyed the slow entry back into our winter session and, as such, the pace has picked up once again. We are only a few days away from the Winter Visual Art Show and January projects in our music and WFMA programs.
This past June I was fortunate to visit Charlottesville, Virginia, a place of natural beauty, deep historical significance, and most recently the epicenter of violence. If you have never driven through Virginia, you are missing a big part of what makes this place so powerful and meaningful to visit. As a part of my short trip, a good friend and board member invited us to visit historic Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison.
I am always struck by the creativity displayed by members of our visual art department. The focus and philosophy on process and technique give way to a student-centered experience. Yesterday afternoon, awash with warm October sunlight, one of our drawing classes gathered al fresco on our common.
Last weekend I had the unique opportunity to spend the day at the brand new Leica Store and Gallery on Arlington Street in downtown Boston. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit the new store it is a must stop for any photog or Leica fan. In my various travels, I have visited several Leica stores including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Frankfurt and Washington D.C. Each store shares the modern, classic design of Leica where cameras, lenses and accessories are expertly displayed against red backdrop cases.