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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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BPS Citywide Arts Festival

BPS Citywide Arts Festival

Posted: Apr 13, 2015

Join us as hundreds of performers from dozens of Boston Public Schools converge on Boston Common for the BPS Citywide Arts Festival. Share and celebrate their creative vision and youthful talent at this special event. Fellow students, families, and ...

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YAM 2015 Exhibtion

YAM 2015 Exhibtion

Posted: Apr 16, 2015

The 21st annual BPS Youth Arts Month (YAM) Exhibition will be on view at Boston's City Hall through Friday, May 1st. Each year the BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department showcases the work of young BPS artists from across the district as their work t...

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Upcoming Events

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    BPS Citywide Arts Festival

    Join us to Rock the Common! Join us as hundreds of performers from dozens of Boston Public Schools converge on Boston Common for the BPS Citywid...

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

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

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

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.

Dr. Carol R. Johnson, Former Superintendent

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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