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Aznive Scholarships Available

Aznive Scholarships Available

Posted: Mar 04, 2015

The application process is now open for the 2015 Aznive Scholarship Contest. Established in 1972, the Grace N. Aznive Scholarship honors the legacy of one of Boston's most distinguished art teachers by supporting the next generation of artists. Any BPS ...

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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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Arts Expansion Fund Grants Available for 2015-2016

Arts Expansion Fund Grants Available for 2015…

Posted: Feb 18, 2015

Grant applications are now being accepted by the BPS Arts Expansion Fund for arts education partnerships between BPS schools and arts organizations/teaching artists for the 2015-2016 school year. The goal of the BPS Arts Expansion Fund is to empower BPS...

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Upcoming Events

  • 7 Apr

    Youth Arts Month (YAM) Opening Reception

    Join us in celebrating the work of BPS student artists for the 21st annual BPS Youth Arts Month (YAM) Exhibition. Each year, we showcase student visua...

Why Art Matters!

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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

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

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

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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