Encouraging creativity, nurturing talent, and providing opportunities for unlimited student expression — these are essential to igniting the spark of genius in every child and integral to a Dwight education.
The Arts Are Vital to Every Student's Journey
Beginning in Preschool and Kindergarten with exposure to the fundamentals, and continuing through grade 12, with deeper learning in history, theory, and technique, students explore genres, master skills, and develop their passions in the visual and performing arts through the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.
The arts play a major role in our students’ IB journey and have long been part of our School’s legacy. Alumni include Truman Capote, Roy Lichtenstein, Hal Prince, Vin Diesel, Antonio Campos, Julian Casablancas and Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes, Yara Shahidi, and many other accomplished actors, directors, producers, writers, musicians, composers, painters, photographers, and designers.
Students Share Artistry in World-Class Venues
Dwight students exhibit their own artworks on campus, and in festivals and competitions. They also have opportunities to perform in some extraordinary spaces, including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Shanghai Concert Hall, and off-Broadway theaters, as well as in our own Performing Arts Center (PAC). Dwight’s PAC features a black-box theater with professional theatrical LED fixtures and a state-of-the-art music recording studio.
Arts In A Global Context and Throughout New York City
Dwight — the first school in the U.S. and the Americas to offer the comprehensive IB — leads the way in teaching the arts within a global context. Students are exposed to artistic traditions and aesthetic expressions of other cultures; and learn how to appreciate works of art as discerning observers, listeners, and performers.
Students visit an extensive range of galleries, museums, studios, theaters, and performance venues in one of the world’s leading cultural hubs: New York City. Experiencing a diverse range of arts as consumers and audience members deepens students’ understanding, provides opportunities for critical analysis, and stimulates their own imaginations.
Through Dwight’s global network of schools in New York, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Dubai, and online, students have unprecedented opportunities to participate in virtual and in-person cross-campus artistic collaborations, including our annual music festival.
Home to A Museum Quality Art Collection
Lining the walls of Dwight’s campus are over 200 pieces of art, ranging from Goya etchings, Audubon prints, and antique maps, to Tibetan thangkas, African masks, and much more in every medium. This enriching environment stimulates learning and inspires our students’ own creativity. Their artwork hangs side-by-side with that of masters in seasonal exhibitions and special showcases throughout the year.
Our Faculty Are Professional Working Artists
Teachers ignite the creative spark of genius in every child and customize the IB arts journey for each student based on his/her passions and talents. Members of the arts faculty are working professionals, whose artistry has been seen and heard in some of the most prestigious venues, collaborations, and festivals in New York City and around the world.
Dwight’s vibrant teachers are constantly evolving their own craft, bringing their inspiration from the professional world into the classroom and after-school programs. So, too, do they bring students into professional spaces for real-world experiences and master classes.