"This [Wallace Foundation] grant is a wonderful example of how far we have come toward expanding arts programming throughout our entire school system. The BPS Arts Expansion Initiative shows how arts programming can pull entire communities together - teachers and artists, non profit partners and private sponsors - to support student learning and provide children with valuable enrichment opportunities."
- Mayor Thomas M. Menino, City of Boston
Launched in 2009 as a new strategic approach for EdVestors, Strategic Initiative (SI) grants couple increased funding for high-potential educational efforts with greater involvement from EdVestors to develop and shape multi-year, District-wide investments. Strategic Initiative grants:
EdVestors will identify, develop, and launch new Strategic Initiatives as our Portfolio produces high-impact opportunities for large scale expansion.
The first of EdVestors' SI grants, the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative, began as a three-year, $2.5M effort to expand arts education in the Boston Public Schools, with a focus on increasing access, equity, and quality. Today it is a 6-year, $10 million effort. Key goals include:
Developed in collaboration with Boston Superintendent Carol R. Johnson and seeded with a planning grant through the 2008 EdVestors Showcase, the Arts Expansion Initiative was launched in February 2009 with the release of The Arts Advantage: Expanding Arts Education in the Boston Public Schools (Boston Foundation, 2009).
Lead funders include the Barr Foundation, the Boston Foundation, Hunt Alternatives Fund, the Klarman Family Foundation, the Linde Family Foundation, Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Foundation, Carl & Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and other individual donors. EdVestors serves as the primary steward of this effort to fundamentally change the way arts education is delivered in the District.
Today the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative at EdVestors is in its second phase and has raised $2 million of the Phase II $3 million goal. Nearly $800,000 was distributed in the Arts Expansion Fund's fourth round of grantmaking to expand arts instruction to more students, providing both district-level and school-based support for expanded arts. Click here for this year's Arts Fund grantees.
In February 2012, the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative was awarded a $4 million grant from the Wallace Foundation in New York. Funds will be used to implement a long-term sustainable arts education plan for the District, including best practices in school arts programs, professional development for teachers and school leaders, improved coordination of schools and arts partners, communications and funding, and ongoing evaluation to assess progress.
Contact Marinell Rousmaniere, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for funding from the BPS Arts Expansion Fund at EdVestors, click here.