November 30, 2016

Education Week Commentary Highlights BPS Arts Expansion

BPS Arts

BPS Arts Expansion has been featured in Education Week Commentary’s “A Blueprint for Successful Arts Education: Five strategies for investing in students’ creative capital.” From the article:

We have all heard the story: Arts education has suffered from years of neglect and decline in our schools to make room for tested subjects and to balance squeezed school budgets. This trend has played out in many communities across the country and particularly in large urban school districts. Students of color and those from low-income backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by the decline in arts education during the school day.

In recent years, a number of cities have worked to counter this trend by forming coordinated networks of schools, cultural organizations, funders, local governments, and other groups to work in partnership toward high-quality arts education for all young people. These new models have ranged from city-initiated endeavors such as The Creative Advantage in Seattle to enterprises managed by external partners such as Ingenuity in Chicago and Dallas’ Big Thought. Boston, too, has been engaged in expanding arts education over the past seven years through an effort known as Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion, or BPS-AE, a mixed private and publicly funded coalition facilitated by my nonprofit organization, EdVestors.

Continue reading to learn more about the strategies Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and Seattle are employing to invest in young people’s creative capital.