This page was posted in 2011 in anticipation of building our Creative Arts Center. We are thrilled to report that the building opened on schedule for the start of the 2013-14 school year!
» Link to slide show, "Creative Arts Center from the Ground Up."
“The arts are a core of Catlin Gabel’s philosophy and are key to a well-rounded education. In no other discipline do critical thinking, problem-solving, predicting outcomes, analyzing, re-assessing, and creativity come together as they do in the arts. . . . The intellectual challenges posed by visual art, music, and theater facilitate learning in all other disciplines. These vital pursuits help make our children more thoughtful, interesting, and well-rounded—and create a life of more profundity and beauty for all of us.”
—Lark Palma, head of school
CAMPAIGN FOR ARTS & MINDS
Exercising the creative mind is at the core of a Catlin Gabel education. We are currently in the leadership phase of a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds to elevate this commitment to our students and their education. Catlin Gabel’s Campaign for Arts and Minds has two components: building our endowment, with special emphasis on financial aid, and building a new Creative Arts Center for the Middle and Upper Schools.
CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
If organizations should play to their strengths, then Catlin Gabel’s commitment to building a creative arts center for the Middle and Upper Schools is our way of demonstrating how fundamental creativity is to our educational philosophy.
Catlin Gabel has dreamed about a creative arts center, one that consolidates the visual, music, and drama classrooms scattered around campus, for the last 20 years. In the late 1980s, then-headmaster Jim Scott spoke seriously about bringing all the arts under one roof. And ever since current head Lark Palma set foot on campus in 1995, it was abundantly clear to her, a veteran drama teacher, that the arts facilities needed updating.
In early 2010, a chance meeting between former trustee Jim John and world-renowned Portland architect Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, planted the seeds for what will one day become the new Creative Arts Center. Brad had just finished high-profile arts projects in New York City, Montreal, and Dallas and was looking for a project back on his home turf. Jim, a seasoned developer and builder, thought that Brad would be just the person to ignite our Arts Center project with a fresh and inspired design. We hope you’ll agree, when you see the design renderings (right), that Brad and his team delivered the right design at the right time.
MORE ROOM FOR THE ARTS
For US visual art, US choir, US media arts, MS drama, MS music, MS visual art
The center will open in September 2013. The overall project cost is $6.9 million. Prudently, our board mandated that we raise 80% of projected costs in gifts and pledges in order to break ground. We met that requirement last summer, and as of August 2013, have less than $500,000 to raise. We are looking for generous arts lovers and donors to be part of the final effort toward full funding. Please contact director of advancement Miranda Wellman ’91, 503-297-1894 ext. 398 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn about this project, the school’s Campaign for Arts & Minds, or how to make a gift. Catlin Gabel funds major building projects entirely through contributions.
CONSERVATIVE FISCAL MANAGEMENT
The board and administration’s conservative fiscal management has positioned the school with zero outstanding debt after completing the major construction projects of the past 20 years. The Murphy Athletic Complex, Warren Middle School, the Beehive, and most of the Upper School buildings were built without incurring debt. While this is unusual in the sea of heavily financed cultural projects throughout the city and region, it’s a distinction that makes us proud and contributes to the school’s financial health.
WATCH THE CONSTRUCTION VIDEO
Concrete was poured for the foundation footings on December 7, 2012.
Top: Creative Arts Center facade; middle, lobby; bottom, aerial view
OUR AMAZING & CREATIVE ALUMNI
Eric Edwards '71, cinematographer
Valerie Day '77, jazz singer
Caprice Neely '85, footwear designer
Bianca Bosker '04, technology editor, Huffington Post
Michael Hiestand '75, sports media journalist, USA Today
Click here to explore many more of our talented alumni profiled in the Summer 2011 issue of the Caller.