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Phase Three of BPS Arts Expansion Initiative Announced

Phase Three of BPS Arts Expansion Initiative …

Posted: Jun 09, 2014

On Friday, June 6th on the Boston Common, Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined the Boston Public Schools and EdVestors at the BPS City-Wide Arts Festival to announce that leaders of the Barr Foundation, the Boston Foundation, the Klarman Family Foundation, and ...

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Students Speak! The Arts Advantage from a Youth Perspective

Students Speak! The Arts Advantage from a You…

Posted: Jun 09, 2014

On June 4th, EdVestors and BPS released a new report summarizing the findings of the city's first ever student survey on arts education. The report, Students Speak: The Arts Advantage from the Youth Perspective found nearly half of middle schoolers and ...

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Students and Teachers Receive Arts Awards

Students and Teachers Receive Arts Awards

Posted: Jul 09, 2014

  In May and June 2014, the BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department honored students, teachers, and schools for their outstanding achievements in and commitment to the arts during the 2013-2014 school year. Award recipients were honored at our Fir...

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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

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

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

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

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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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