Creativity is alive in Boston Public Schools. Come take a look! BPS students have access to a wide range of arts opportunities, both in schools and through our arts partners. Together, arts teachers and community artists help Boston youth to think creatively and critically, discover possibilities, and express ideas. The BPS Visual & Performing Arts Department supports this work through district-wide resources, BPS Arts Expansion, and a host of partner programs. Explore the site to learn more!
May 16, 2017
Take a break and join us for the BPS Citywide Arts Festival! Our 5th anniversary event at features 1100+ students from 30 schools across the district, and is hosted by outstanding performing artists from the Class of 2017. Full schedule coming soon. Presented in collaboration with the Boston Parks Department,[…]Read more...
Mar 22, 2017
Register today for free summer programs in music (concert band & orchestra), dance and theatre. Beginning in July, students of all experience levels will spend 2 weeks developing skills, performing with peers and connecting with professionals in the arts. All programs culminate in closing performances the final week. Breakfast and[…]Read more...
Mar 1, 2017
This just in from our friends at MassCreative:Arts education just elevated its status in Massachusetts schools.As you may have heard, last week the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released their Massachusetts Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan on what determines a successful school in the Commonwealth.Access and participation[…]Read more...
Why Art Matters!
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.
Principals and teachers tell us that there is no better way to bring families into schools than the opportunity to watch their children perform.
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.
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.
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.