Klarman Family Foundation Among Donors to Boston Public Schools Arts Expanision Initiative

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Klarman Family Foundation Among Donors to Boston Public Schools Arts Expanision Initiative

Three Jamaica Plain schools are among 60 Boston Public Schools that will receive $350,000 in grants to fund more than 30 arts partners across the city.

The students of the Hennigan K-8 School, English High School, and Community Academy, will continue to receive their quality arts education programs throughout the 2019-2020 school year. The annual grants are part of the successful Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion initiative, which is celebrating its 10th year in bringing quality arts instruction to underserved neighborhoods.

The city of Boston, BPS and EdVestors announced this latest round of funding as part of this week’s seventh annual BPS Citywide Arts Festival, a three-day celebration featuring more than 1,100 BPS student performers and exhibitors.

“We are grateful to our partners in Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion who have worked tirelessly for 10 years to bring equity and access to arts education to our schools and inspiration to our students, many of whom are showcasing their talents at the festival today,” said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release. “We are also celebrating the third year of our Boston Creates plan to make arts and culture as fundamental to the city of Boston’s identity as its history and traditions. Our goal is to make all Boston residents feel welcome to engage in the city’s thriving arts scene. I hope many of us are encouraged by our students who have embraced their own creativity and are willing to share it with us.”

The BPS Arts Expansion initiative is a multi-year effort focused on increasing access, equity and quality of arts learning for all BPS students. The 2019-2020 school year grants will mark the 11th year of grant-making for the Arts Expansion Fund and the second year for Phase 4 of the initiative and the Fund (2018-2021). As part of this fourth phase of the BPS Arts Expansion initiative, the Walsh Administration and BPS, in collaboration with EdVestors, are working together to raise $3 million to sustain high levels of arts education in the district over a three-year period...

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