The Boston Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department is pleased to partner with a variety of cultural institutions, community-based organizations, and individual teaching artists to extend and enrich arts learning opportunities for all BPS students and teachers. If you or your organization wish to provide educational programming within BPS, please create a profile and enter your programming information in our Arts Partnership Database. This database is a "one-stop shop" for school leaders, teachers, and parents to search for arts programming to bring into their schools, and can include information about field trips and special performances, in-school assemblies and workshops, teaching artist residencies, teacher professional development opportunities, and beyond. For instructions on how to enter your information into the database, and for answers to questions, please read the User Guide and FAQs.

To learn more about building successful arts partnerships in the Boston Public Schools, please download our Guide to Effective Partnerships for Schools and Arts Organizations

For curriculum alignment tools, please visit Resources for Partners.

For Boston Public Schools facts and figures, please visit Data and Reports on bostonpublicschools.org.

For all questions, ideas, and suggestions in regard to BPS arts partnerships, please contact partnerships@bpsarts.org.

FAQs

What is an Art Partner?
An Arts Partner is any organization or individual that works closely with a school to deliver arts programs to its students. An Arts Partner can also provide professional development opportunities to teachers and teaching artists.
If I’m an individual artist, can I still be an Arts Partner?
An Arts Partner is any organization or individual that works closely with a school to deliver arts programs to its students. An Arts Partner can also provide professional development opportunities to teachers and teaching artists.
How can we create programs that support required curricula?
BPS Essential Arts Curriculum Maps & Student Learning Outcomes are available on the website and the staff of the Visual and Performing Arts Department is available to work with organizations that are interested in developing curriculum aligned programs.
Do I/we need special certification to be an Arts Partner?
No
How do we identify schools that might be interested in working with us?
If you or your organization wishes to provide educational programming within BPS, please create a profile and enter your programming information in our Arts Partnership Database. This database is a “one-stop shop” for school leaders, teachers, and parents to search for arts programming to bring into their schools, and can include information about field trips and special performances, in-school assemblies and workshops, teaching artist residencies, teacher professional development opportunities, and beyond. For guidance on finding schools to reach out to regarding your programming, contact Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts, and mparkerbrass@bostonpublicschools.org.
Is there a list of current Arts Partners?
Current arts partners can be found in the Arts Partner Database.
How do I find out more information about an organization or program I am interested in bringing to my school?
Please contact that organization directly using the contact information they provided.
I do not do long term arts programs in schools—just one time workshops and performances. Should I still enter my information?
Yes, all organizations and independent teaching artists who work in schools are encouraged to enter their information in the database. When you enter the details of each of your programs, there are options to specify whether your work in schools is short term or long term.
What if I am an individual teaching artist not affiliated with an organization?
Individual Teaching Artists who work in schools are encouraged to enter their information in the Database.