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EdVestors Reinforces Commitment to High-Quality Arts Education with over $400,000 in Arts Expansion Grants

EdVestors Reinforces Commitment to High-Quality Arts Education with over $400,000 in Arts Expansion Grants 

Grants announced on the heels of new longitudinal study showing greater access to arts education leads to improvements in a range of indicators of student success and parent engagement

 

(Grant Recipients Listed at the End)

 

BOSTON (June 15, 2021) – Building upon its longstanding commitment to ensuring all Boston Public School (BPS) students have access to a high-quality arts education, EdVestors today announced over $400,000 in arts expansion grants that will support nearly 75 schools working with more than 35 arts partners across the city. These grants for the 2021-2022 school year take on new significance in light of results of a longitudinal study released last month detailing the benefits of arts education, including increased student and parent engagement and improved attendance for all students.

“These critical grants will ensure that students have continued access to high-quality arts programs, which will be more important than ever as we promote joyful learning environments to support students' recovery next fall,” said Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. “When students permanently return to the classroom after more than a year of disrupted learning, arts instruction will play a pivotal role in helping them re-engage with their peers, teachers, and school communities and will improve their social-emotional skill development and overall well-being.”

Last month, EdVestors released a study entitled “The Arts Advantage: Impacts of Arts Education on Boston Students,” which examined the positive impacts arts education has had through more than 600,000 K-12 student-level observations over 11 school years, 2008-2009 through 2018-2019. Such granular data will be invaluable to policymakers and school districts as they make decisions on allocating funding for the arts – both in the long-term and in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic. 

“The new research reinforces the purpose of our ongoing BPS Arts Expansion initiative and confirms what we’ve witnessed firsthand over the years. Arts education is a powerful motivator for students to want to attend and engage at school and enables them to express themselves and succeed in ways they often don’t in other subjects,” said Marinell Rousmaniere, President and CEO of EdVestors. “Thanks to our core funders and dedicated partners, we are embarking on the 13th year of BPS Arts Expansion, with the continued goal of increasing equitable access to quality arts education for all of Boston’s public school students.”

“We look forward to partnering with EdVestors once again for this coming school year,” said Alison Croney Moses, Program Director of the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts. “We’re grateful for the support that allows us to ensure that young people have access to essential experiences for their development.”

Since its inception in 2009, BPS Arts Expansion has leveraged increased public funding for arts teaching positions in BPS schools, resulting in nearly 17,000 additional students receiving arts instruction during the school day. BPS arts educators working in partnership with community-based teaching artists and organizations have made this work possible. The initiative continues to focus on expanding access to equitable arts education and deepening arts experiences, while building systems to sustain a high level of arts education long into the future. 

Core donors include the Barr Foundation, the Boston Foundation, The Klarman Family Foundation and Linde Family Foundation. Notably, there has been a significant 5:1 return of increased public investment for every private dollar invested through BPS Arts Expansion. More information on BPS Arts Expansion is available at http://www.bpsarts.org.

 

ABOUT EDVESTORS

EdVestors’ mission is to advance equitable, meaningful education that prepares every Boston student to activate their power and shape their future. We drive toward our vision by 1) activating people and resources, 2) learning and iterating in context, and 3) influencing system change. We believe that continuously attending to all three drivers ensures our programs and initiatives will create impact. Since starting in 2002, EdVestors has raised and directed over $35 million for urban school improvement efforts through EdVestors’ Racial Equity Seed Fund, BPS Arts Expansion, the School on the Move Prize, Zeroing in on Math, and Career Pathways. Learn more at www.edvestors.org

 

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Arts Expansion Grants Organized by Neighborhood

(Grants are typically awarded to the community organizations and distributed to the schools)

School Partner(s)

Neighborhood

Arts Partner

Gardner Pilot Academy

Allston

Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK)

Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Allston

I Learn America

Ostiguy High School

Boston (Downtown)

Improbable Players

Boston Green Academy*

Brighton

Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

Brighton High School

Brighton

Actors' Shakespeare Project

Brighton High School

Brighton

Education Through Music - Massachusetts

Edison K-8*

Brighton

Teaching Artist Lindsay Fuori

Winship Elementary

Brighton

Handel + Haydn Society

Charlestown High

Charlestown

N/A

Harvard/Kent Elementary*

Charlestown

Community Music Center of Boston

Warren-Prescott K-8*

Charlestown

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Boston Adult Technical Academy

Chinatown

Urbanity Dance

Boston Adult Technical Academy*

Chinatown

Company One

Quincy Elementary*

Chinatown

Boston Music Project

Boston Green Academy*

Dorchester

Open Door Arts

Boston International Newcomers Academy

Dorchester

Actors' Shakespeare Project

Boston International Newcomers Academy

Dorchester

I Learn America

Boston Latin Academy

Dorchester

Young Audiences of Massachusetts

Burke High School*

Dorchester

Company One

Clap Elementary

Dorchester

BalletRox

Community Academy of Science and Health*

Dorchester

Open Door Arts

Everett Elementary*

Dorchester

Boston Lyric Opera

Frederick Pilot Middle School

Dorchester

Young Audiences of Massachusetts

Henderson K-12 Inclusion School

Dorchester

Huntington Theatre Company

Lee Pilot Academy

Dorchester

Urbanity Dance

Lee Pilot Academy*

Dorchester

Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

Russell Elementary

Dorchester

Young Audiences of Massachusetts

Adams Elementary*

East Boston

Community Music Center of Boston

East Boston High School

East Boston

ZUMIX

McKay K-8

East Boston

ZUMIX

Umana Academy

East Boston

Mass Poetry

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

Fenway/Mission Hill

Mass Poetry

Fenway High

Fenway/Mission Hill

multiple arts partners

McKinley Prep

Fenway/Mission Hill

Boston Music Project

Mission Hill K-8

Fenway/Mission Hill

Rehearsal for Life

Another Course to College

Hyde Park

Huntington Theatre Company

Another Course to College

Hyde Park

The Message Movement

Boston Community Leadership Academy*

Hyde Park

Company One

Grew Elementary*

Hyde Park

Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

New Mission High School

Hyde Park

Mass Poetry

New Mission High School

Hyde Park

Young Audiences of Massachusetts

Boston Teachers Union K-8

Jamaica Plain

Rehearsal for Life

Community Academy

Jamaica Plain

Transformative Culture Project

Muniz Academy

Jamaica Plain

Humano Multicultural Project

Ellison Parks Early Education School*

Mattapan

Open Door Arts

Taylor Elementary*

Mattapan

Community Music Center of Boston

BPS Arts Department, multiple schools

multiple

Education Through Music - Massachusetts

Eliot K-8*

North End

North End Music & Performing Arts Center

Mozart Elementary*

Roslindale

Making Music Matters!

Philbrick Elementary*

Roslindale

Making Music Matters!

Boston Day & Evening Academy

Roxbury

Actors' Shakespeare Project

Boston Day & Evening Academy

Roxbury

Teaching Artist Terrance Wong

Boston Latin Academy

Roxbury

North End Music & Performing Arts Center

Dearborn STEM Academy

Roxbury

Actors' Shakespeare Project

Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School

Roxbury

Education Through Music - Massachusetts

Hale Elementary

Roxbury

Lyric Stage

O'Bryant School of Math & Science

Roxbury

Huntington Theatre Company

Orchard Gardens K-8*

Roxbury

Humano Multicultural Project

Boston Collaborative High School

South Boston

And Still We Rise Productions

Excel High School

South Boston

Artists for Humanity

Perry Elementary

South Boston

Boston Music Project

Tynan Elementary

South Boston

Lyric Stage

Blackstone Elementary

South End

Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK)

Hurley K-8

South End

Handel + Haydn Society

McKinley Elementary

South End

Lyric Stage

McKinley South End Academy

South End

Huntington Theatre Company

Ohrenberger K-8*

West Roxbury

Making Music Matters!

 

*denotes 2-year award