Arts and Community Programs
In addition to its role at The Harvey School, The Walker Center for the Arts has become a place for the community to celebrate performance and creativity. Local dance and theatre companies rent the facility, supporting Harvey’s mission and philosophy of arts education. In the evening and on weekends, there are classes in music and theatre and other arts-based programs. The administrative staff at the Arts Center hires teachers and local artists to conduct these classes and to help create props, scenery and other visual displays for shows and events. The presence of professional, working artists at The Center contributes to the high quality of instruction and allows students to collaborate with professionals in arts.
In the summer, The Center is the focal point of Harvey’s summer camp program. The camp, like the school, is committed to helping each individual realize his/her potential. Campers have a sense of awe and wonder when they enter the building.They know that something great is in store for them and rush to class ready for creative adventures.
“It is important to share our facility with the community,” says Performing Arts Chair, Vinny Alexander, who oversees the public’s use of The Center. “There are so many theatre companies, dance schools and music groups that struggle to find an affordable venue to showcase their work. Harvey offers a great service to these organizations and, in turn, they give our students additional opportunities to create and perform.”