An Innovative Home for Performing Arts

The arts have been a distinguishing feature since our early years and a fundamental element of Anna Head’s whole-child philosophy.


Research confirms that arts education helps students master all subjects and contributes to overall student success in school and beyond. Students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. Brain research from the University of California shows that not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth.

A home to showcase the importance of the arts and our whole-child mission will be one of two new structures in the Master Plan. A modern Performing Arts and Community Center will include flexible, raked seating, with attractive lobby space, and a new arts classroom that can double as a green room. This innovative hub of artistic expression will house full-scale theater productions, dance and music recitals, concerts, and Head-Royce community gatherings.

An added benefit, the addition of this new building will also greatly improve our Physical Education program: We will convert the MEW back to a gymnasium, opening up athletic space for generations of K-8 students.