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Boch Center (The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.)

aka Boch Center   |   Boston, MA   |  https://www.bochcenter.org

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Mission

The Boch Center is a nonprofit innovator and guardian of iconic venues, providing relevant and inclusive performing arts entertainment and cultural educational experiences for the most diverse audiences possible.

Ruling year info

1976

President & CEO

Mr. Josiah A. Spaulding Jr.

Main address

270 Tremont Street

Boston, MA 02116 USA

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Formerly known as

Citi Performing Arts Center

EIN

51-0197209

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

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Our programs

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Education & Community

Since 1988, the Boch Center has been committed to inspiring and igniting greater appreciation for art, culture, and creativity through its education and community outreach initiatives. These initiatives strive to make the arts more accessible for children, teens, families, and the greater community, and to highlight the tremendous impact of arts, culture, and creativity in our everyday lives.
Over the past 30 years, the Boch Center’s free education and community outreach programs have reached nearly 400,000 children, teens, families, and educators, along with hundreds of neighborhood organizations. The Center also works to make programming at the Wang and Shubert Theatres accessible to everyone and to expand its impact outside of these venues.
We believe it is a right, not a privilege, for every young person to have a creative life, to experience art, to express themselves creatively regardless of skill level and/or socioeconomic status, and to develop their own creative capital.

Population(s) Served

In 2019, the Boch Center expanded and launched the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame which celebrates the lifeblood of America’s musical and cultural heritage. Folk music provides an outlet for individuals of all races and backgrounds to express their highest joys and deepest sorrows.
Led by legendary musicians and music executives including Keb Mo’, Joan Baez and Noel Paul Stookey, the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame (FARHOF) is dedicated to honoring history, while also building the foundation of the next generation of Folk, Americana, and Roots musicians. Housed in the Wang Theatre, the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame (FARHOF) celebrates Folk, Americana and Roots music through displays, memorabilia, artifacts, events, lectures, exhibits and concerts.

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Charting impact

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Collectively, Boch Center's education programs strengthen crucial 21st century skills like collaboration, creativity, literacy and self-efficacy for Boston youth, provide crucial career development experience for urban teens, and inspire families and children from under-resourced neighborhoods with free access to top-notch artistic programming and performances, often their first experience in a theater. Students who are creatively engaged in learning perform better in the classroom and in standardized achievement tests, motivating them to have positive attitudes about school, providing a new lens to understand academic concepts, accelerating learning and improving retention while even increasing graduation rates. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Education's 2009 ""Learning, Arts, and the Brain Summit,"" children are more motivated, engage in subjects with more attention, and retain what they learned better when the arts are integrated into curricula (PBS Parents, ""How the Arts Can Help Struggling Learners""). Additionally, a 2011 Adobe survey reported that 80% of people felt unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth. Meanwhile, citing a large body of research, the 2011 Reinvesting in Arts Education report of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities noted that arts engagement fosters important skills necessary for success in school, life and work. Despite this wealth of research, over 50% of Adobe's 2012 'State of Create Survey' respondents felt creativity is ""stifled by education systems."" At the same time, many underserved Boston teens must contribute to family finances during summer, but there is limited employment for urban youth (in 2013, 26% of Boston teens were employed, a 45-year low according to the Boston Globe), especially work using 21st century skills. Boch Center's Education Programs respond to these needs by providing high-quality FREE programs that have measurably impacted youth, including improving their writing, speaking and listening skills; strengthening leadership and confidence; increasing young people's self-efficacy and interest in pursuing their future personal, academic and career goals; and belief in achieving their own potential. Overall, our evaluation findings reinforce how Boch Center programs help Boston students develop lifelong creative and critical thinking skills, engender confidence, and grow as individuals. Boch Center integrates solutions to these needs through in-school, out-of-school, and teen leadership programs for young people that strengthen literacy and build crucial leadership and life skills to help transition into adulthood.

Annually impacting 40,000+ underserved and low-income children, teens, and families, this programming includes the following: * IN-SCHOOL ARTIST RESIDENCIES—Led by professional teaching artists, in-school residencies provide weekly arts instruction in underperforming schools to BPS students with limited arts education opportunities. Residencies in four schools annually are up to 12 weeks, serve up to 30 children/classroom, and provide a customized curriculum aligned to Common Core Standards focusing on English Language Arts competencies. Teaching artists explore themes like individuality, cultural identity, and community, while integrating literacy standards to program goals and targeting needs of English Language Learners. Since the program launched in 2009, it has served 26 unique schools, including nine current and former schools identified for underperforming status, and reached 9,700+ K-12 students. * CITY SPOTLIGHTS SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—A unique summer employment opportunity for low-income Boston teens, City Spotlights uses an arts-intensive format led by teaching artists to help teens: 1) develop confidence, leadership and job skills; 2) become lifelong learners; and 3) become engaged community members. Teens earn minimum wage for 25 hours/week to create workshops in Boston community centers on social justice topics, engage in advocacy at the State House, and create lesson plans and street theater performances reaching a total 35,000+ people per summer. Due to community demand (4 teens audition for one position), the program recently doubled from 30 to 60 urban teens, ages 15 to 19. In 2015 and 2016, teens had special opportunities for advocacy: they have performed for Mayor Walsh, former Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, MA Rep. Cory Atkins, the full MA Senate, City Councilors and the Arts Commissioner. * TEEN COUNCIL—A year-round, out-of-school program, Teen Council combines performing arts, community advocacy, and professional development training. Based on the City Spotlights model, the goal of Teen Council is to empower teens to recognize and utilize their potential as artistic leaders and community advocates; the program also extends the impact of City Spotlights by offering year-round leadership opportunities. For the first time, this year Boch Center is offering Teen Council paid after-school part-time positions to respond to strong demand for year-round youth employment opportunities. Teens create original performances and interactive workshops around social topics that affect their community to share throughout Boston in community and medical centers as well as colleges. * INTERACTIVE READINGS: STORIES ALIVE!—Leveraging an unrivaled network of 200+ community partners, professional teaching artists bring stories to life at Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Boston Public Library branches, Boys & Girls Clubs, hospitals and early childhood centers, and other sites. Illuminating imaginative thought while engaging children ""on stage,"" programs focus on books like Nelson's illustrated picture book of Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream speech, and McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings. Partners receive their own Creativity Toolkit including a book copy, specially developed curriculum, craft supplies, costume accessories, and props. Target: K-5 underserved children in community centers and sites. * SPECTRUMBOSTON FREE TICKET ACCESS - Boch Center's Ticket Access program engages families and strengthens communities by giving free access to excellent seats at Boston's music, dance, visual arts, theater, and cultural events for children and families who typically have no opportunity to experience the performing arts.

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Boch Center (The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.)

Board of directors
as of 09/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark Weld

Clarion Partners (ret)

Term: 2016 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No