Creativity is alive in Boston Public Schools. Come take a look! BPS students have access to a wide range of arts opportunities, both in schools and through our arts partners. Together, arts teachers and community artists help Boston youth to think creatively and critically, discover possibilities, and express ideas. The BPS Visual & Performing Arts Department supports this work through district-wide resources, BPS Arts Expansion, and a host of partner programs. Explore the site to learn more!
Aug 31, 2016
The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces and updates No Child Left Behind, "rolls back much of the federal government's big footprint in education policy, on everything from testing and teacher quality to low-performing schools." (Zubrzycki, 2015. Edweek.org ) One key shift from NCLB to ESSA is the inclusion of[…]Read more...
Aug 31, 2016
Whether you are a student, educator, parent, or principal, you can find a way to celebrate the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week. The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from[…]Read more...
Aug 31, 2016
National Hispanic Heritage Month Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.Explore the National Hispanic Heritage Month website for ways to[…]Read more...
Why Art Matters!
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.
Principals and teachers tell us that there is no better way to bring families into schools than the opportunity to watch their children perform.
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.
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.
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.