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Join us for the HSAF Showcase!

Join us for the HSAF Showcase!

Posted: Feb 18, 2015

  All are invited to join us for the 2015 High School Arts Festival Showcase, featuring all-original short films, spoken word, and performances by students from the Burke High School, Dorchester Academy, East Boston High School, and Madison Park. Th...

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Arts Expansion Fund Grants Available for 2015-2016

Arts Expansion Fund Grants Available for 2015…

Posted: Feb 18, 2015

Grant applications are now being accepted by the BPS Arts Expansion Fund for arts education partnerships between BPS schools and arts organizations/teaching artists for the 2015-2016 school year. The goal of the BPS Arts Expansion Fund is to empower BPS...

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Students Speak! The Arts Advantage from a Youth Perspective

Students Speak! The Arts Advantage from a You…

Posted: Jun 09, 2014

On June 4th, EdVestors and BPS released a new report summarizing the findings of the city's first ever student survey on arts education. The report, Students Speak: The Arts Advantage from the Youth Perspective found nearly half of middle schoolers and ...

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Why Art Matters!

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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

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

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

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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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