Celebration of Pendleton West

Pendleton West practice room with pianist and violinist

Celebration of Pendleton West

Wednesday, October 18–Saturday, October 21
Various locations throughout Pendleton West and the Jewett Arts Center

During four days of celebration, Pendleton West opens its doors to the public for the first major series of events since its renovation was completed in the spring of 2017. The renovation, which began in June 2015, included an overhaul of the existing space and a 10,000-square-foot addition for both visual and musical arts, incorporating classroom, studio, rehearsal, and intimate performance spaces that can flexibly accommodate the needs of Wellesley's emerging and traditional arts and media programs.

With the renovation of Pendleton West, Wellesley’s arts spaces have been transformed to promote creative dialogue and cross-disciplinary collaboration, emphasizing individual artistic practice as well as communal experiences. The celebration kicks off on Wednesday with a panel featuring the architects of the new space, Steven Kieran and Tim Peters of the award-winning firm Kieran Timberlake. According to Kieran, “The idea was to completely integrate a performative acoustical system into the architecture of the building so that you couldn't tell what was architecture and what was performance.”

The celebration of Pendleton West includes performances by BANDALOOP, the acclaimed vertical dance company; premiere performances of a newly commissioned piece by Grammy Award–winning composer Augusta Read Thomas performed by the Wellesley College Chamber Singers and other works performed by the Parker Quartet; a performance by the Wellesley College Theatre related to their fall show Working, a musical that examines workers across the spectrum of American life, updated for the 21st century with new songs by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda; open art studios featuring exhibitions and installations by alumnae and current students; guided tours and family activities at the Davis Museum; and much more.

Please note that Sunday, 10/22 is the rain date for all outdoor activities.