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Happy Birthday BAA!

Give the gift of opportunity: donate today to Boston Arts Academy for its 25th Birthday!

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On October 7, 1998, Boston Arts Academy opened its door as a pilot school, serving as a pathway to success for low-income urban students who might not otherwise have access to a formal arts and college-preparatory education. 25 years later, BAA has influenced the cultural fabric of Boston and changed the lives of over 2,000 alumni.

While Boston Public Schools funds the academics, BAA Foundation funds the arts, ensuring our students can pursue their passion and talent.

Help us keep the arts ALIVE by gifting $25, $250, $2,500, $25,000 or more to be recognized in The BAAF Anniversary Club!

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The BAAF Anniversary Club: Sponsor Benefits

$25Freshman Level Sponsorrecognized on 25th Anniversary campaign page
$250Sophomore Level Sponsorrecognized on 25th Anniversary campaign page, listing in Champion Reception 2023 program book, and receive Anniversary swag
$2,500Junior Level Sponsorrecognized on 25th Anniversary campaign page, listing in Champion Reception 2023 program book, receive Anniversary swag, and a mention on social media
$25,000Senior Level Sponsorrecognized on ALL 2022-2023 Anniversary Events, receive Anniversary swag, a dedicated social media post, news story and feature in eblast

Join Us & Celebrate 25 Years!

BAA Honors 2022: A Grand Opening & 25th Anniversary Event | October 8

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Who Is BAA?

A Look Back at BAA’s History

BAA's 25 Year History

1998 | Boston Arts Academy was Founded

Boston Arts Academy was founded when a committed group of educators, parents, and public officials as well as the presidents of the member colleges of Boston’s ProArts Consortium recognized the need for a public arts high school in Boston. BAA was established as a pilot school and the city’s first full inclusion high school – a place that admits students based solely on arts auditions without regard to prior academic, behavioral, or learning challenges.

2005 | Award-Winning Summer Reading Program was Launched

BAA launched its award-winning literacy intervention program, Summer Reading, which has since served over 400 BAA students and trained dozens of teachers, interns from local colleges and universities, and volunteers.

2009 | BAA won the National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award

BAA won the National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award from the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education.

2013 | BAA was recognized as the Outstanding Arts School by the Arts School Network

BAA was recognized as the Outstanding Arts School by the Arts School Network.

2014 | BAA's First-Ever STEAM Lab was Established

The STEAM Lab was opened to establish a maker space/artists’ studio/fabrication laboratory so students could explore the connections between the arts, science, and math, while incorporating new technology into their projects.

2015 | BAA was featured in Ken Robinson’s Book about Creative Schools

BAA was featured in Ken Robinson’s book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution that’s Transforming Education.

2016 | BAA was a Silver Recognition Recipient from the Schools of Opportunity

BAA was a Silver Recognition Recipient from the Schools of Opportunity and won the Signature Enterprise Schools Award from the GRAMMY Foundation.

2018 | BAA's Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Building of the New School

Ground was broken July 1 for construction of a new $125 million facility at 174 Ipswich Street, leading to relocation of both Boston Arts Academy and the Boston Arts Academy Foundation.

Watch here: Boston Arts Academy Groundbreaking - YouTube

2021 | Topping Off Ceremony, Completing the Structure of the New School

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City Council President Kim Janey, city and state officials, and members of BAA and the BAA Foundation, raised the final steel beam into place to complete the structure of the new building in a Topping Off Ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, BAA students, caregivers, faculty, staff, and community leaders wrote notes and decorated the beam, forever embedding their messages in to the steelwork of the school itself.

Watch here: Boston Arts Academy Topping-Off Ceremony - YouTube

2022 | Grand Opening of the New 174 Ipswich, and BAA Celebrates 25 Years!

The fall of 2022 will mark the Grand Opening of the new Boston Arts Academy school building in the Fenway, and the school's 25th Anniversary since its original opening!

Donate to celebrate this big year for BAA.

Join us on October 8 for the Grand Opening, during BAA Honors 2022.

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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) 513-3601.

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