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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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Arts Integration: A Promising to Improving Early Learning

Arts Integration: A Promising to Improving Ea…

Posted: Mar 18, 2016

The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts offers professional development (PD) to early childhood teachers built on the philosophy that dance, music, and drama can help young children master skills ac...

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Youth Arts Month 2016 Exhibition

Youth Arts Month 2016 Exhibition

Posted: Mar 29, 2016

  Our annual YAM Exhibition is moving to the Bolling Building! Join us for the opening on April 5th. Come back to explore April 6th - May 1st. For more information, contact Dawn Benski, Visual Art Content Specialist, at dbenski@bostonpublicscho...

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2016 Aznive Scholarships

2016 Aznive Scholarships

Posted: Apr 27, 2016

2015-2016 Aznive Scholarship information and application are now available! Please download the materials below: 2015-2016 Aznive Scholarship Superintendent's Circular & Application Materials Both nomination forms and portfolio submissions are d...

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Upcoming Events

  • 8 Jun

    BPS Citywide Arts Festival

    It's That Time of Year Again… Time to Rock the Common! Come join us for Boston Public Schools' annual celebration of student arts! Student perfo...

Why Art Matters!

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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

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

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

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

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