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Boston Arts Academy Foundation Inc

Our mission is to support Boston Arts Academy, the city's only public high school for the visual and performing arts, as they educate the next generation of artists, scholars and global citizens.

aka 04-3454898   |   Boston, MA   |  www.baafdn.org

Mission

The mission of Boston Arts Academy Foundation is to raise essential funds for Boston Arts Academy, Boston's only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Boston Arts Academy prepares a diverse community of aspiring artist-scholars to be successful in their college and professional careers and to be engaged members of a democratic society. Each year, Boston Arts Academy Foundation must bridge the gap between Boston Public Schools’ funding allocation and the true cost of an arts-intensive and college preparatory education. Our support funds arts programming, health and wellness initiatives, summer reading and math, and college scholarships, ensuring that Boston’s youth have access to an outstanding arts and academic education at no cost to their families.

Ruling year info

1999

President and CEO

Denella Clark

Main address

126 Brookline Avenue 3rd Floor

Boston, MA 02215 USA

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EIN

04-3454898

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (W11)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

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Literacy Development Initiative

On average, 40% of BAA students enter Grade 9 reading between a Grade 4-8 level, making it difficult for them to master high school level content. 36% speak English as a second language, 23% have documented learning challenges, and some have had extended absences from school, often due to family crises. BAA's Literacy Development Initiative (LDI) is an innovative, school-wide program that tackles this critical issue. Weve consistently improved the reading abilities of at least 80% of students who read below grade level. Professional development for teachers who work with our lowest performing students is a critical part of the program. The LDI includes a Summer Reading Program, an intensive 5-week summer program for students who are 2 or more grade levels behind in reading. Daily targeted work in small groups helps students make significant gains. Without intervention, many would regress, setting them farther behind their peers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

As the only public high school for the arts in Boston, BAA offers students a unique opportunity to pursue their passion for the arts while also receiving a college-preparatory academic education. Students major in dance, music (instrumental or vocal), theatre, or visual arts. Each student spends at least 10 hours per week in arts classes. The arts curriculum, which is developed by BAA faculty, exceeds state and national standards. BAA is committed to developing technical and career education pathways within our arts curriculum that give students the chance to explore facets of their chosen arts majors that have the potential to open up new opportunities for college study and careers. These include design and visual communications, music technology and production, film/media production, and fashion technology. The arts are the key to BAA's success. Students shine in their arts classes - they learn quickly, are motivated to work hard, and are more likely to take leadership roles.

Population(s) Served

Academics include math, science, humanities (a combination of English, social studies, history, and philosophy), and world languages (American Sign Language and Spanish). The academic curriculum is interdisciplinary, with the arts integrated into curricula. For example, BAA's approach to traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education includes the arts to create STEAM. Students who struggle with math or science are more engaged and understand the material better when they participate in STEAM projects. BAA is expanding career and technical education opportunities, giving students the chance to develop technical skills, gain professional experience, and/or take college-level courses. BAA is developing new partnerships to increase off-campus learning opportunities. The BAA curriculum prepares students well for the 21st century workplace. They develop critical thinking skills, solve problems creatively learn to collaborate and work independently.

Population(s) Served

BAA is a full-inclusion school, welcoming students with a range of physical, learning, and social/emotional challenges. Each year, over half of students rely on the school's Health and Wellness Team for mental health services. Partnerships with community partners such as Boston Children's Hospital increase students' access to these services, which include: on-site mental health counseling free of charge from licensed clinicians; a health curriculum for 9th graders on depression/anxiety, substance abuse prevention, sexual health, and healthy relationships; highly trained special education teachers who work with students who have learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and social/emotional challenges; and group counseling for students with common concerns, such as grief and loss support and gender identity issues. BAA has created a safe and nurturing environment where students feel protected.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Arts School Award 2013

Arts Schools Network

GRAMMY® Signature Enterprise Award 2011

GRAMMY Foundation

National School of Distinction in Arts Education 2010

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Breakthrough High School 2004

National Association of Secondary School Principals

National School Library Media Program of the Year Award 2004

American Association of School Libraries

Mentor School 2003

Coalition of Essential Schools

Exemplary Art School Award 2002

Network of Visual and Performing Art Schools

Best of Boston Non-Profit 2002

Boston Magazine

STEAM Award 2015

President's Council on the Arts and Humanities, Americans for the Arts, and the Ovation Foundation

School of Opportunity Silver Award 2016

National Education Policy Center

GRAMMY Signature Enterprise Award 2016

GRAMMY Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of students enrolled

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Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through the Building Our Future comprehensive campaign, Boston Arts Academy is raising $35 million in order to elevate the visibility of and support for Boston Arts Academy, and to ensure the sustainability of this unique education model. The Building Our Future Campaign launched in November 2018 following the announcement of Boston Arts Academys new school building, which opened in the Fenway neighborhood in September 2022. To date, we have raised nearly $27.5 million of the $35 million Campaign goal. In January 2024, we welcomed Mayor Michelle Wu as Honorary Chair of the Campaign. We expect to close the Campaign by June 30, 2025.

To bridge the annual gap between the schools allocation from Boston Public Schools and the true cost of a high-quality education that is both arts-intensive and college preparatory, Boston Arts Academy Foundations relies on support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Funds raised by Boston Arts Academy Foundation ensure the schools ability to continue offering a comprehensive arts and academic education.

As the city's only public high school for the visual and performing arts, Boston Arts Academy's competitive arts and college preparatory education creates opportunities that would not otherwise be available. Admission is academic blind, meaning that students are admitted solely on the basis of an audition or portfolio submission, and we strive for our model to be as effective for students with learning and behavioral challenges as for students who learn more traditionally. Boston Arts Academys curriculum is structured around students artistic enthusiasm, which encourages them to perform at high levels. Innovative STEAM (STEM + Art) programming, for example, allows visual artists to learn about chemistry by creating dyes to use in their paintings and technical theatre students use trigonometry and geometry to design lighting for performances.

Financials

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Boston Arts Academy Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Rosica

Avid Technology

Term: 2021 - 2024

Donna Harris-Lewis

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David Felton

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Antoine Melay

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Hector Piña

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Maggie Baxter

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Ruth E. Carter

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Petrina Cherry

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Joe Hanley

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Jerome Smith

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Marina Cappi

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Alexander Zapata

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Yndia Lorick-Wilmot

Senior Lecturer, Northeastern University

Hilina Ajakaiye

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Stephanie L. Brown

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John Dozier

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Christine Grace

Wellness coach

Mark Lev

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Pamela Reeve

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Gabriela Salas

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Dan Schutt

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Raynya Simmons

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Malik Yoba

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Tim Pappas

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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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female

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