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!
Jan 16, 2017
For the 14th year, three ROLLINS GRIFFITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded to BPS high school seniors. Distributed in June, these $1,500.00 awards are given through the generosity of the Rollins Griffith Teacher Center of Boston, a non-profit organization run for over thirty years by and for educators in the[…]Read 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...
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.