The arts are an integral part of Suffield Academy’s core curriculum, where teachers work closely with individual students to discover their interests and strengths. Education in the arts provides learners with non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation for diversity.
The arts free us from certainty and help develop a tolerance for coping with life’s ambiguities. Leonardo da Vinci once described the arts by categorizing people into three classes: those who see, those who see when they are shown, and those who do not see. Arts education therefore helps teach us to see. Suffield has a long and proud tradition in the performing arts and theater. Legendary faculty members, including Joe Connors and Gordy Glover, directed performances in the former theater barn behind Gay Mansion and played leading roles in the construction of the Jeanice Seaverns Performing Arts Center 30 years ago. The foundation built by many Suffield alumni and faculty members helped lay the groundwork for today’s thriving programs.