The Lawrenceville School offers a wealth of opportunities for students to study and practice the arts because it is an essential element in broadening a person’s approach to problem solving, to aesthetic enjoyment, to other people, to life itself.
We involve ourselves in the arts for many reasons, but the main one is because we like it. Our involvement draws on and stimulates parts of our minds like few other endeavors. It makes us smarter. It makes us more discerning. It helps us welcome the beautiful and acknowledge the not-so-beautiful in ourselves and in others.
Each of the art forms is housed in its own building featuring state of the art facilities: Music in the Juliet Lyell Staunton Clark Music Center, Theatre and Dance in the Kirby Arts Center, and Visual Arts in the Gruss Center of Visual Art. Students are encouraged to explore their talents on the stage, in the performance hall, and through exhibitions. Visiting artists, lecturers, and performers are regularly brought to campus.
Reach Out to the Arts provides students with varied opportunities to sample a dazzling slice of cultural life in New York City and Philadelphia. The School's easy access to these major metropolitan areas enables students to savor the cultural events continuously arrayed in these cities. Trips to museums, the symphony, the ballet, jazz concerts, opera, art galleries, and a host of theatrical productions abound. The ultimate goal of the program is to broaden students' views of the world around them.
Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose. Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.