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BPS Citywide Arts Festival

BPS Citywide Arts Festival

Posted: Apr 13, 2015

Join us as hundreds of performers from dozens of Boston Public Schools converge on Boston Common for the BPS Citywide Arts Festival. Share and celebrate their creative vision and youthful talent at this special event. Fellow students, families, and ...

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Arts a Core Subject Under ESEA

Arts a Core Subject Under ESEA

Posted: Apr 23, 2015

The United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee has unanimously passed a reauthorization of the Elementary and and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which will be considered on the full Senate floor in May 2015. This updat...

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YAM 2015 Exhibtion

YAM 2015 Exhibtion

Posted: Apr 16, 2015

The 21st annual BPS Youth Arts Month (YAM) Exhibition will be on view at Boston's City Hall through Friday, May 1st. Each year the BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department showcases the work of young BPS artists from across the district as their work t...

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Upcoming Events

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    BPS Citywide Arts Festival

    Join us to Rock the Common! Join us as hundreds of performers from dozens of Boston Public Schools converge on Boston Common for the BPS Citywid...

Why Art Matters!

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I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well.

John F. Kennedy

Arts are crucial to a rigorous and high-quality education – and access to the arts in schools is an issue of equity for all of Boston’s children.

Dr. Carol R. Johnson, Former Superintendent

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

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 are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

Video: The Arts Advantage in Boston

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