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Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education

Snapshot of State Policies for Arts Education

Posted: Mar 31, 2014

Since 1999, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a part of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), has tracked state policies for arts education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in an online searchable clearinghouse called ArtSca...

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BPS Parents Support Arts Education

BPS Parents Support Arts Education

Posted: Jan 23, 2014

A new survey, conducted by EdVestors and MassINC Polling Group, finds strong support for arts education among parents in Boston Public Schools. BPS parents believe arts education keeps their children engaged in school and helps improve academic performanc...

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Celebrate YAM 2014

Celebrate YAM 2014

Posted: Jan 24, 2014

The BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department will present a district-wide Visual Art Exhibition in conjunction with the national observance of Youth Arts Month (YAM). The YAM exhibition will open Tuesday, April 8th and close on Friday, May 2nd at Bosto...

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Aznive Scholarships Available

Aznive Scholarships Available

Posted: Jan 23, 2014

The application process is now open for the 2014 Aznive Scholarship Contest. Established in 1972, the Grace N. Aznive Scholarship honors the legacy of one of Boston's most distinguished art teachers by supporting the next generation of artists. Any BPS ...

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Arts Education: A Shared Endeavor

Arts Education: A Shared Endeavor

Posted: Jan 31, 2014

The National Art Education Association (NAEA), in partnership with 12 national arts and education organizations, has released Arts Education for America's Students: A Shared Endeavor, a statement outlining the importance of high quality arts education a...

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BPS High School Arts Festival

BPS High School Arts Festival

Posted: Mar 12, 2014

  Join us May 22-24 for HSAF 2014! The High School Arts Festival (HSAF) gathers students from across the district to share, learn, and celebrate the arts.     Showcase Day | Thu 5.22.14: The festival kicks off with the Adobe Youth Voi...

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Grant Funding for Instruments

Grant Funding for Instruments

Posted: Nov 15, 2013

The Klarman Family Foundation, a Boston-based private family foundation, is pleased to announce the pilot of an Instrument Fund with the first grants to be made in 2014. Awarded funds may be used for purchase, rental or repair of orchestral, jazz and ma...

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Why Art Matters!

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There are dozens of schools and arts partners across the city that will benefit from the continued expansion of arts education. In the end, it is Boston’s students that will benefit the most.

Laura Perille, EdVestors

Principals and teachers tell us that there is no better way to bring families into schools than the opportunity to watch their children perform.

Laura Perille, EdVestors

The arts can help students become tenacious, team-oriented problem solvers who are confident and able to think creatively. These qualities can be especially important in improving learning among students from economically disadvantaged circumstances.

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Recent research… showed that at-risk youth with a history of intensive arts experiences enjoy better academic outcomes and are more civically engaged than similar students who largely miss out on the arts.

Laura Perille, EdVestors

Expanding the arts in schools brings new energy to classrooms, increases engagement by students, and improves school choices for families. The arts enrich our young people, our schools, and our neighborhoods.

Thomas Menino, Former Mayor of Boston

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The BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department aims to provide excellence, access, and equity in arts education for all Boston Public Schools students. Learn more

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