Initiatives / BPS Arts Expansion / Current Work
BPS Arts Expansion Fund
The BPS Arts Expansion Fund provides grants to schools, organizations, and individual arts educators for school day arts education. Managed by Edvestors, the Fund is supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, The Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation, and other foundations and individuals. Learn more about our grants here.
Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) program was launched in Boston in 2019. Along with Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, Boston hosts the Bloomberg Arts Internship program each summer, providing high school students with paid work experiences at arts and cultural organizations along with work readiness, college preparation support, and cultural experiences. Learn more about BAI Boston here.
Youth Arts Impact Network
The Youth Arts Impact Network, a cohort of over 75 youth arts organizations, works to strengthen the local youth arts community and build capacity of the larger Creative Youth Development (CYD) field, resulting in youth arts organizations better serving young people and maximizing their impact. The Network meets regularly to share evaluation knowledge, explore the development of evaluation tools and identify resources that can best meet their measurement and evaluation needs. Thus far, this work has increased knowledge sharing, strengthened the local youth arts field, and has expanded to include conversations with the wider, national CYD field. Please click here to access the Youth Arts Impact Network website where you can view and share tools and templates, resources, and find information for upcoming events.
BPS Arts Department
Edvestors partners closely with the BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department to accomplish the goals of BPS Arts Expansion. The BPS Visual and Performing Arts Department aims to provide excellence, access, and equity in arts education for all Boston Public Schools students. Visit their website here.