The annual Fund-A-Need (FAN) is an opportunity for the Gator community to support a specific area at Annie Wright Schools that enhances programming and learning for our students and community at large. We are thrilled to announce that this year's Fund-A-Need will focus on building a collaborative and connected hub for the arts. This project will impact Gator Creators across all divisions, activating underutilized spaces and bringing the arts to life on campus. Together our investment will nurture creativity, encourage imagination, and open up a world of possibilities for our students to explore.

Fund-A-Need 2023 Project Details

List of 4 items.

  • Dance Studio

    The current dance space, located on the second floor of the Kemper Center, is fully equipped with cardio equipment and weights. Imagine a bright, colorful dance studio with ample room for movement and expression. This dedicated space will not only benefit dancers, but also those who use the fitness equipment by providing a separate area for each activity to be carried out safely and efficiently.
  • Textile Lab

    The textile lab is a vibrant addition to our performing arts program, bursting with color and creativity. Not only does it strengthen the program, but it also serves as a hub for student passion in textile and costume design. Imagine rows of vibrant fabrics, sewing machines humming, and students hard at work bringing their designs to life. It's a place where fashion design finally has a home on campus, where students can create, store and repair costumes for the stage and beyond. The textile lab is a beacon of inspiration, where the possibilities are endless, and the students' talents can shine.
  • Rehearsal Space & Music Classroom

    The new rehearsal space is a game-changer for our thriving performing arts program. This versatile space is designed to meet the needs of actors, allowing them to hone their craft, while the technical elements, set design, and production are underway on the Kemper Theatre stage. It's a space that is consistent with best practices seen across schools and will elevate our performance to new heights.

    In addition to being a theater rehearsal space, this room will also be used as a music classroom for our rapidly expanding Lower School. Imagine students learning to play instruments, singing, and composing their own music in this bright and spacious room. The room is designed to foster creativity, learning and growth for our youngest learners. It's a place where the music never stops and future musicians, and actors, can flourish.
  • Recording Studio

    Curricular and extracurricular activities at our school are already making the most of the recording spaces we have available, but they would greatly benefit from an upgrade. A dedicated, soundproof recording studio, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, would provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to develop their skills and produce professional-quality recordings. The ability to record music, podcasts, and other audio content in a professional environment would be a game-changer for our students and their future opportunities in the music and audio production industry. It would be an investment in our students' education and future careers.

Thank You for Your Support!

Annie Wright's community has generously supported the growth of our Schools through Fund-A-Need's past: Science, Play Spaces, a Kemper Theatre upgrade, improving Community Spaces, and more. We are so grateful.

Arts Hub: Where Imagination Takes Center Stage

The 2023 Fund-A-Need Vision

This year’s Fund-A-Need is tied to a larger building project that seeks to unify the Middle School with the rest of campus, bring the building up to ADA standards, and add the classroom spaces needed to continue our growth in the Lower School. The Fund-A-Need will focus on the Arts Hub component of the project that will convert the old pool and locker rooms into a dance studio, textile lab, theatre rehearsal space/LS music classroom, and recording studio.

This project is critical to our growth as a school, allowing us to use our spaces efficiently and make the most of our historic campus' current footprint. The new space will provide opportunity for collaboration and camaraderie as creators, with state-of-the-art resources that support our already robust arts programming.

How to Participate

Join the Annie Wright community at the Gator Gala Crab Feed & Auction on March 11 and raise your paddle to support the 2023 Fund-A-Need: Where Imagination Takes Center Stage. If you cannot attend the gala in person, you can make a gift online here, mail a check to the address below, or contact Grace Finch at With every gift, the spirit and strength of Annie Wright shines through. 

Please mail checks  to:

ATTN: Philanthropy
Annie Wright Schools
827 N Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403


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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.