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!

What’s New

  • 5TH ANNUAL CITYWIDE ARTS FESTIVAL

    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,[…]

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  • BPS Summer Arts Intensives -- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

    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[…]

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  • Massachusetts ESSA Plan - Voice Support for Arts Education by MARCH 9th!

    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[…]

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