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MLK Celebration 2016

MLK Celebration 2016

Posted: Nov 25, 2015

Join us for Boston Public Schools' annual performance celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hosted by the City of Boston at The Strand Theatre, this year's  program features music, dance, theatre and spoken word ensembles f...

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Mayor Walsh's 3rd Annual Art Contest

Mayor Walsh's 3rd Annual Art Contest

Posted: Nov 25, 2015

Together, we build our neighborhood!   The purpose of this contest is to foster a better sense of understanding, acceptance and appreciation for the diversity in our neighborhoods, and throughout our communities. Using themes of civil r...

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Auditions & Outreach Shows at Boston Arts Academy

Auditions & Outreach Shows at Boston Arts Aca…

Posted: Nov 25, 2015

Boston Arts Academy invites families and schools to their annual winter outreach programs. See below for information on audition, dance and music events!   Audition Workshop Saturday, December 5th | 9:30am - 12:00pm | Boston Arts Acade...

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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

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

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

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

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

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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