April 12, 2018

Training for your Datathon: Experts Share Best Practices to improve Data Culture

BY DEREK LIN EdVestors recently hosted the Youth Arts Impact Network for a Datathon. The Youth Arts Impact Network is a peer learning network composed of over seventy-five arts organizations that convene regularly to share best practices in data evaluation, organizational development, and communication efforts. At the Datathon, a

June 16, 2017

Phase 4 Brings BPS Arts Expansion into a Second Decade

BY LAURA PERILLE As more than 1,000 students were performing on the Boston Common last week, a new phase of BPS Arts Expansion was announced to ensure equitable access to quality arts education remains a hallmark of the Boston Public Schools. Much progress has been made since 2009 when BPS Arts Expansion launched.

April 19, 2017

Practicing Advocacy Through Action

by Ruth Mercado-Zizzo With the news of proposed deep cuts—or even elimination—of federal arts and culture funding, I participated in MASSCreative’s Arts Matter Advocacy Day with a sense of urgency. As a member of the arts community, it was gratifying and inspiring to come together as a group to advocate for policy issues

December 6, 2016

Evolution of a Partnership: Developing Culturally Responsive Curriculum

by Mara Sidmore Project Director of Education Programs, Projects, and Partnerships at Actors' Shakespeare Project Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) is an award-winning professional theater company that performs Shakespeare’s plays in neighborhoods around Boston and offers extensive education, youth, and community programs.

August 3, 2016

Arts Education in the Mix

by Emily Bozentka It may not surprise you to hear that when budget cuts hit schools, arts education is often the first to go. That No Child Left Behind’s (NCLB) focus on math and English Language Arts (ELA) test scores negatively impacted students’ access to courses in the arts, especially for students of color and low-income