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35 Channel Center St. #103
Boston MA 02210
The Delbridge Family Center for the Arts is a new dance and performing arts space at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts. Founded in 1893 as a girl’s preparatory school, Walnut Hill transformed into an arts institution in the 1970’s and offers a world-class arts education to secondary students from around the globe. The Delbridge Center, completed in 2016, is the first new building devoted exclusively to the arts constructed on the historic New England campus.
The 18,000-square-foot building is attached to the historic Dance Barn, offering the school’s talented faculty and students a new venue for interdisciplinary performances. It is used by each of the five arts majors at the school: dance, theater, music, visual art, and writing, film and media arts, and also hosts a variety of community arts groups. It includes a multi-arts performance space with flexible seating to accommodate a variety of events and performances, a dance studio with floor-to-ceiling glass that overlooks the campus, and a linear arts gallery that connects the program venues to two outdoor courtyards. Showcasing the arts at a primary campus entry, the Delbridge Center announces to the community and the world that “Walnut Hill has Arrived!”