The arts are thriving in the Boston Public Schools, from our Early Learning Centers where our students are just beginning to explore their creativity to our “mastery” level high school students, the “Arts” -dance, music, theater, visual and media arts – are building global citizens and enlivening our buildings.

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about the programs in our schools:

  • Teachers: BPS arts curriculum maps with lessons and cornerstone assessments, professional development opportunities, grant and fellowship information and many other resources are available on the site. We also have our members-only Curriculum Bank, where you can share best practices and connect with your colleagues;
  • Parents and Students: find out more about the arts offerings at your schools, performance and exhibition opportunities, scholarships for high school students and many more resources;
  • Arts Partners: we offer an opportunity for you to share information about your programs through our arts database, learn about our schools and how your programs can support their arts education programs, and other resources that we hope will help you build strong partnerships.

Visit us often to check out the calendar of events, see “what’s new” and provide feedback on how we can continue to make the site a useful resource for you.

We look forward to working with you!

Myran Parker-Brass
Executive Director for the Arts


City Studio High School Art Program
A joint program of the Boston Public Schools and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), City Studio is a studio-based art program that gives students the opportunity to create art that reflects their personal histories, while exploring contemporary art and historical art movements. For more information, contact Dawn Benski at
Summer Arts Intensives
Boston Public Schools offers free summer programs in instrumental music, musical theatre and dance. For two weeks in July, students deepen skills, perform with peers and connect with professionals in the arts. All programs culminate in a closing performance during the final week. Students must be enrolled in BPS schools, currently in grades 4-11. All experience levels are welcome.

DETAILS / REGISTRATION: Click HERE our Summer Arts website

QUESTIONS: Email us at
Aznive Scholarships
The Grace N. Aznive Memorial Scholarships are given each year through the generosity of the Aznive family. Grace Aznive was a distinguished Boston Public Schools visual arts teacher. BPS high school visual arts teachers are invited to nominate outstanding graduating seniors with plans to major in visual arts at a post-secondary educational institution. For more information, contact Dawn Benski at


MLK Celebration (January)
Schools representing Boston’s diverse cultures and communities honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through music, dance, theatre, spoken word and media arts. Our annual MLK Celebration is free and open to the public. Visit our calendar page for ticket information.
High School Arts Festival (March)
Students and teachers from across the city gather under a single roof for a day of arts learning and sharing. Immersion workshops explore a creative process from start to finish. Afterward, participants present works in progress during an informal showing. The day closes with a public showcase celebrating our district’s award-winning student artists and ensembles.
Youth Arts Month Exhibition (April)
Each year, this district-wide art exhibition shares exemplary artwork created by BPS students, with thousands of employees and visitors. The 2018 exhibition celebrates BPS student artists’ work created throughout National Youth Arts Month
Citywide Arts Festival (June)
Join us in June as over 1,000 student performers take over Boston Common! Presented in collaboration with the Boston Parks Department, our annual thee-day event presents music, dance and theatre ensembles at teh Parkman Bandstand. All are welcome to cheer on our city’s talented youth in its most famous park.