Announcements / EdVestors to Receive $100,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

EdVestors to Receive $100,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Funding will sustain the collective work of expanding arts education in Boston over 2 years

BOSTON — EdVestors is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $100,000 over two years.

This grant will support Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion, a citywide, public-private partnership to expand and ensure equitable, quality arts instruction for all BPS students. The NEA will award 958 Grants for Arts Projects awards to organizations across the country totaling more than $27.1 million.

“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to EdVestors, which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.”

“We are thankful to the NEA for recognizing the importance and impact of coordinated efforts to improve arts education in the country,” said Marinell Rousmaniere, President and CEO of EdVestors. “Funding such as this grant enables Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion to sustain its commitment to increasing equitable access to quality arts education for students across Boston.”

The grant will support in-school arts instruction, data collection and analysis, and professional development for teachers and partner organizations on racial justice, centering youth voices, and mental health and wellness. This will be done in partnership with the BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department, Boston Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, arts organizations, foundations, and higher education institutions.

BPS Arts Expansion has made Boston a national leader in expanding access to quality arts education in the public schools. Since 2009, it has increased the number of BPS students receiving arts education by 17,000 annually.

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit


EdVestors mission is to advance equitable, meaningful education that prepares every Boston student to activate their power and shape their future. EdVestors combines strategic grantmaking, content expertise, and collaborative implementation to drive system-level impact in Boston schools. Since 2002, EdVestors has raised and invested over $42 million in school improvement efforts. We drive toward our mission by activating people and resources; learning and iterating in context; and influencing system change. We believe that continuously attending to all three of our drivers ensures our activities will create impact.

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