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Peddie’s reputation for excellence in the arts attracts talented students from around the world. Creative exuberance is at the heart of the Peddie experience — and so is the plan to keep that exuberance burning brighter every year. 

Every day, over 300 student-artists generate creative electricity with their voices, musical instruments, paint, clay, wood, film, paper and more. Swig Arts Center, built in 1989, is bursting at the seams. Peddie’s dreams for visual and performing arts programming have outgrown our space.

“I am thrilled that after careful planning and in response to the phenomenal growth of the arts program, we are in the renovation and construction process for Swig,” said Head of School Peter Quinn P’15 ’18 ’21. “Improved and repurposed spaces will be complemented by an entirely new music hall, a visually and aurally spectacular addition that provides flexibility in performing arts scheduling. Every aspect of the arts program gets improved facilities in this.”  

Peddie Arts Expansion Project

This artist rendering shows plans for a new music hall.

“This expansion is a sign of Peddie’s maturity and competitiveness and its leadership in independent school education,” said Advisory Trustee Anne Seltzer P’88.

Seltzer has been encouraging the concept of growing Peddie’s arts program since the 1990s when she served as interim head of school and then director of development. “No longer are arts optional and outside the core curriculum. They now reflect Peddie’s belief that the arts play a central and permanent role in education — especially at the high school level.”

Plans for the expanded arts facility also include a scenic/visual arts shop and an upgraded black-box theater/multi-purpose room, along with additional classrooms and soundproof practice studios. 

“Peddie arts, particularly music, has experienced gradual and significant growth since the inception of an instrumental music program back in 1997–1998,” said Arts Department Chair and Director of Music Alan Michaels P’11 ’13 ’17. “The Peddie String Quartet enrolled in a Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society competition, and in April, was chosen as a finalist. This would have been unimaginable a few years ago. Our arts graduates are populating college programs around the country, and several are enjoying successful careers in the arts.” 

Construction on the arts complex began in May of this year and is expected to be completed by late August 2022.

Peddie Arts Expansion Project
Peddie Arts Expansion Project

These artist renderings show plans for the arts complex, including new and improved and repurposed spaces. Naming opportunities for and within the new arts complex are still available; for more information, contact Assistant Head for Development Karyn Vella at kvella@peddie.org or (609) 944-7560.