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Champion Reception 2024

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House of Blues Boston | 15 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215 | Business Attire

Thank you to all who supported Boston Arts Academy Foundation during 2024 Champion Reception, honoring Hector Piña and Dr. Aisha Miller's commitment to the arts, scholarship, and citizenship.

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    Dr. Aisha Miller

    2024 Champion Reception Honoree

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    Hector Piña

    2024 Champion Reception Honoree

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    Dylan Leavitt

    2024 Champion Reception Committee Chair


Thursday, March 21, 2024 | 5:00pm

Each year, Boston Arts Academy Foundation presents the Champion Award to a member of the community who embodies the school’s commitment to the arts, scholarship, and citizenship.

Thanks to all who joined us on Thursday, March 21st to Honor Hector Piña and Dr. Aisha Miller on their leadership and commitment to the Arts.

This year's reception is dedicated to scholarships for the Boston Arts Academy Class of 2024.

We are grateful to everyone who attended, purchased tickets , sponsored, and advertised in our program book.

Don't forget to also check out the wonderful moments captured by our photographers!

Champion Reception Program Book
Photos by Bruno Ortet
Photos by Michael Blanchard
Photos by Oby Ojimba

Dr. Aisha Miller, currently the Vice President of Permitting, Community, and Corporate Engagement at Related Beal, has a diverse professional background, including serving as Boston's Chief of Civic Engagement and holding positions in the Boston Inspectional Services Department, as a Suffolk County Probation Officer, and as an aide to political figures.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Hector Piña is the CEO and President of Tres Islas Group Corporation and a community leader known for revolutionizing Boston's culinary scene. Hector and his wife, Nivia Piña, have launched several acclaimed eateries including Merengue, Vejigantes, Doña Habana, and Cilantro Latin Kitchen, earning national recognition for their Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban cuisines. Committed to community involvement, Hector actively serves on BAAF Board of Directors and has received numerous awards for his leadership and impact on Boston's Latino community.

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We are grateful for the support of many sponsors including:

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Why Support? Learn more about who you're helping and how your donations fund public arts education.

Did You Know?

  • Nearly 500 students attend BAA from every neighborhood in Boston

  • 90% of students identify as people of color

  • 34% of BAA students speak a language other than English at home

  • 35% of students enter high school reading below grade level

  • 64% of BAA students are from low-income families

  • 19% of students have documented learning challenges, requiring instructional accommodations

  • 97% of BAA’s students are accepted to college

  • More than 2,000 alumni are leading in careers in the creative economy and beyond

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Why Your Support Matters:

BAA offers the city’s youth a world-class public arts education in keeping with Boston’s renown as a cultural capital.

Boston Arts Academy’s admissions process is unique. Students must demonstrate their commitment to their art—the only criteria for admissions. BAA reviews prior grades and learning and behavioral challenges after students have been admitted.

Studying the arts transforms a young person’s relationship to themselves, their community, and their world. BAA’s graduates are successful in a broad range of career fields, including law, education, business, and the arts.

As a pilot school within Boston Public Schools, public funding only covers a portion of BAA’s costs, mainly academic curriculum.

Boston Arts Academy Foundation bridges the gap and funds the arts, including arts faculty, resources, programming and more at BAA. The BAA Foundation also supports Health & Wellness, summer programs and college scholarships.

Event lasts 2 hours

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.

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