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Jamie Higgens,
Art & Design Program, Class of '19

About Us

We believe that talent is equally distributed throughout the City of Boston, but opportunity is not.

When people ask why we care so much about the students of the Boston Arts Academy, we mention how they look like us. Boston Arts Academy students truly reflect the diversity and talents of the city of Boston.

As the city’s only high school for the visual and performing arts, Boston Arts Academy is a proven model of the benefits of a rigorous dual arts and college preparatory curriculum taught by award-winning faculty. The school is built around recognizing and uplifting students’ strengths – a place where they are admitted not on the basis of grades or behavior but their art. Boston Arts Academy is a space where students with disabilities learn alongside their peers and students with mental health challenges can access the services they need. They believe in supporting every student, and so do we.

We want Boston Arts Academy students to live the lives they imagine, but we can’t do it without you. Please take the time to visit our pages to learn about how we bridge the gap between the school’s allocation from the Boston Public Schools and the true cost of a high-quality education.

Giving to the Boston Arts Academy Foundation is an investment in not only Boston Arts Academy students but also the future of our vibrant city.

- Denella J. Clark, President and CEO, Boston Arts Academy Foundation

Jeff Rosica

Hector Piña
Vice Chair

David Felton

Gabriela Salas

Maggie Baxter
Marketing Committee Chair

Stephanie L. Brown
Investment Committee Chair

Antoine J. Melay, Jr.
Audit Committee Chair

Raynya Simmons
Nominating and Governance Committee Chair

Hilina Ajakaiye

Marina Cappi

Ruth E. Carter

Petrina Martin Cherry

John H. Dozier

Christine Grace

Joseph P. Hanley, Esq.

Denise Hayes

Mark Lev

Tim Pappas

Pamela D.A. Reeve

Dan Schutt

Malik Yoba

Alexander Zapata

M. Lee Pelton, Lifetime Chairman Emeritus

Sandra Gordon, Founding Chair

List updated as of 7/02/2024

The Advisory Council is a group of arts, community, education and business leaders who recognize that Boston Arts Academy uniquely prepares urban students to be successful in life and to be creative contributors to their communities.


Victoria Dozier, Chair

Pamela F. Allara, Chair Emerita

Laura Alpert

Jason Amos

Arreen Andrew

Gordon Bannister

Beate K. Becker

Ronald B. Gillyard

Annette Gonsalves-Byner

Leclerc Jean-Louis

Christopher W. Lovell

Free Marie (Wright)

Dominga Martin

Dylan Leavitt

Michael Mauceri

Gwendolyn McCoy

Steven Meyers

Karen C. Moss

Koren A. Phillips

Jo Ann Rothschild

Kristen Standish

Carlos Villamil

Celeste Wilson

Cora Yamagata

How the school received its funding in 2020:


Boston Arts Academy Foundation


Boston Public Schools


MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

In fall 2022, Boston Arts Academy’s new, state-of-the-art school building opened for 500 diverse and talented students. Over time, the school will offer programming to 600 students as well as artists throughout the city of Boston.

However beautiful, Boston Arts Academy’s new building is just the beginning. It’s the people and programs that make the difference.

That’s why Boston Arts Academy Foundation’s Building Our Future Campaign is so critical.

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Boston Arts Academy Foundation’s financial position is stable and strong, but its financial strength must continue to grow. Our six-year, $32 million campaign augments the school’s budget and supports long-term financial sustainability, through donations and investments from donors like you.

Your donations to Building Our Future keep the arts, Health & Wellness, STEAM (STEM+Art), intensive reading and math programs, and life-changing opportunities in Boston Arts Academy. Together, our financial support will build stronger financial reserves, a larger endowment that is well managed by Rockland Trust, and provide the new school building with equipment to fully optimize the space.

Join us today in helping Boston Arts Academy’s students achieve their full potential and become the people they were meant to be!

2023 Annual ReportStatements of Financial Activities FY21-22

For questions regarding finances, please contact Mervina Rasimin:

Building Our Future

A new era will begin with the opening of Boston Arts Academy’s building at 174 Ipswich Street in fall 2022. The state-of-the-art facility means more students, more space, and more opportunities to combine arts with academics and community work. With that, we will need to continue to ensure that BAA students are able to achieve their full potential in this vibrant, interactive space. And that’s where you come in.

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Boston Arts Academy Foundation

Talent is evenly distributed in society, but not opportunity. Help us change that reality in Boston.

Make a 100% tax-deductible donation to support Boston students. Contact us at (617) 763-1151.

Prefer to mail a check?

Make checks payable to Boston Arts Academy Foundation

126 Brookline Ave. 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02215