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Urgent: Oppose the MA Instrument Sterilization Bill

Urgent: Oppose the MA Instrument Sterilizatio…

Posted: Oct 14, 2014

The Instrument Sterilization bill has resurfaced in the Massachusetts Legislature. Although it has been modified, it still has the potential to devastate school music programs. Why Is This Bill A Bad Idea for MA Music Students? Existing practices ...

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Article: Combining Creativity and Standards-Driven Instruction

Article: Combining Creativity and Standards-D…

Posted: Nov 14, 2014

The following article was published on the Education Week website on November 11, 2014, and speaks to how educators can both foster creativity and meet standards benchmarks. Combining Creativity and Standards-Driven Instruction By Anthony Colucci As ed...

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Phase Three of BPS Arts Expansion Initiative Announced

Phase Three of BPS Arts Expansion Initiative …

Posted: Jun 09, 2014

On Friday, June 6th on the Boston Common, Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined the Boston Public Schools and EdVestors at the BPS City-Wide Arts Festival to announce that leaders of the Barr Foundation, the Boston Foundation, the Klarman Family Foundation, and ...

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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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City Studio

City Studio

Posted: Sep 26, 2014

                CityStudio is a studio based art program that gives Boston Public Schools students the opportunity to create meaningful art work in a college setting. Participants exhibit their work in...

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2015 MLK Celebration: Register to Audition

2015 MLK Celebration: Register to Audition

Posted: Nov 05, 2014

The BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department invites all schools to participate in the district's annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to be held January 15-16, 2015. Full details can be found in the Superintendent'...

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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

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

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

There are dozens of schools and arts partners across the city that will benefit from the continued expansion of arts education. In the end, it is Boston’s students that will benefit the most.

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

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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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