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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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Boston to Host 2014 UMLC

Boston to Host 2014 UMLC

Posted: Sep 08, 2014

The 2014 Urban Music Leadership Conference (UMLC) will be held in Boston, Massachusetts from October 23-25, 2014. The UMLC was founded in 1995 to address the unique complexity of the jobs of urban school district music administrators, supervisors, fine ...

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Students and Teachers Receive Arts Awards

Students and Teachers Receive Arts Awards

Posted: Jul 09, 2014

  In May and June 2014, the BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department honored students, teachers, and schools for their outstanding achievements in and commitment to the arts during the 2013-2014 school year. Award recipients were honored at our Fir...

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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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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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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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Why Art Matters!

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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

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 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

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

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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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