Visual & Performing Arts

Williston students engage in the arts through classes and extracurricular programs. Whether they paint, dance, play music, or act, this engagement helps them develop intellectual and cognitive abilities that connect to all their experiences in school and in life. Study of the arts provides a meaningful and constructive connection to other cultures and other times. Through the arts, our students discover that there is a unique opportunity to create community and to share with others, while experiencing the excitement of creative realization and self-discovery.

The faculty of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, while diverse in their individual artistic pursuits, share a common concern for developing human expressiveness and a profound commitment to making the arts an integral part of their students’ lives and the Williston community.

Our students experience the arts more deeply because of the school’s close relationship with the Five Colleges and by the many cultural and artistic offerings in the Pioneer Valley. They have the opportunity to attend concerts, dance performances, theatrical performances, and to visit the many galleries and museums throughout the area. On our own campus, we host lectures, workshops, and demonstrations by arts faculty and students from the Five Colleges, and we produce the Photographers’ Lecture Series and the Williston Film Festival.

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19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA 01027 | Phone: (413) 529-3000

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Founded in 1841, Williston is a student-centered, coeducational institution comprising a Middle School of day students and an Upper School of boarding and day students from 25 states and 27 countries.
Williston is a good fit for motivated students who want to be challenged by a variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!
Williston classes are discussion based and collaborative, and we have developed outstanding programs that inspire students to excel. Our faculty members provide a model of critical thinking and enthusiastic engagement.

Williston offers the opportunity to pursue your passions and explore your independence in a community of adults there to guide you. Live and learn on a campus where leadership skills and lifelong friendships take root.

Williston offers an academic arts program complemented by parallel extracurricular arts activities—all taught by faculty members who are practicing musicians, actors, and visual artists.
Williston fields 67 interscholastic teams at the varsity, junior varsity, and beginner levels in 35 sports to give students a full range of opportunities to play. We also offer recreational options and fitness training.
Whether graduates of Williston Academy, Northampton School for Girls, or the Williston Northampton School, our alumni are an engaged and supportive part of the school’s family. No matter where they are in the world, our alumni believe in doing good well.
Giving to Williston supports the ongoing life and mission of the school. We invite you to explore how to help advance and sustain our special learning environment.
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