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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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BPS Summer Arts Intensives

BPS Summer Arts Intensives

Posted: Jun 02, 2015

JULY 6 - 17, 2015 | Register by June 26th REGISTER TODAY for free summer programs in instrumental music, vocal/performing arts and dance. For two weeks in July, students will develop skills, perform with peers and connect with professionals in the a...

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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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Why Art Matters!

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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

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

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

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

Video: The Arts Advantage in 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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