Happy Birthday BAA!
Give the gift of opportunity: donate today to Boston Arts Academy for its 25th Birthday!
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.
This year, during BAA's 25th year, BAA finally moved into its brand-new school building in Fenway. The building features a 500-seat professional theatre, STEAM lab, pin-up gallery, rooftop terrace, multiple dance studios, and more.
While BAA’s new school building will help us permanently close opportunity gaps for more of Boston’s students, it will not change the school’s existing funding model: Boston Public Schools pays for Boston Arts Academy’s core academic curriculum, and BAA Foundation funds the school’s arts curriculum as well as academic and social-emotional support services. Enhancing the school’s financial sustainability is more critical than ever.
With support from friends like you during our 25th year, we can ensure that the students have the resources they need to achieve their full potential.
Help us keep the arts ALIVE by gifting $25, $250, $2,500, $25,000 or more to be recognized in The BAAF Anniversary Club!
The BAAF Anniversary Club: Sponsor Benefits
Thank you to our 25th Anniversary Club Donors:
Freshman Level Sponsors
Jonathan Abbott and Shari Malyn
Jennifer H. Adler and Seth Albaum
Arlene S. Ash
Jorge Andrés Ballesteros
Todd and Trish Carey
Libby Chiu and Peter Murray
Denella J. Clark
Susan and Dana DiMarzo
Mary Driscoll and Luke Hill
Caitlin and Jack Durkin
David and April Felton
Mark and Lucille Fisher
Edmund Barry Gaither
Michelle Golden and Helen Onthank
Annie and Andrew Hayes
Thomas and Sonja Hout
Dr. Janice E. Jackson
Amy and Minai Kam
Nina Kimball, Esq.
Regina and James Lawson
Nicole R. Manny
John and Kathleen Marsh
Joyce and Thomas McCusker
Ceasar and Solmaz McDowell
Nana and Antoine Melay, Jr.
Jonathan and Jacqueline Melick
William Perkins and Mary Battenfeld
James and Marchelle Raynor
Avery Rimer and Richard Weissbourd
Molly Jo and Christopher Rivelli
Kay George Roberts
Mary Rutkowski and Gideon Ansell
Richard and Diane Schmalensee
James V. Schober
Mara Sidmore and Cameron Willard
Harvey Silvergate and Elsa Dorfman
Benjamin and Judith Smith
Robert and Gina Wahlberg
Katherine B. Winter
Jennifer and Christopher Wright
Owen and Valerie Young
Virginia and Mark Zanger
Sophomore Level Sponsors
Debi and Ashley Adams
Laurie Alpert and Barry Weiss
Jonathan and Maggie Baxter
Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug
Catherine Tan Chan
Petrina and Kevin Cherry
Gale K. and Peter S. Constable
Elizabeth and David Curtis
Anne D. Emerson
Iris and Robert Fanger
Judith and John Felton
Matthew and Judith Fichtenbaum
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Bill and Joyce Fletcher
Christian Flynn and Dan Schutt
Lynda Fraley and Jim Elliott
The Goldberg Family Foundation
Molly and Jeff Goodman
Kenneth J. Gordon
Gregory Groover, Jr.
Graham and Ann Gund
Dawn Curtis Hanley
Consuelo and John Isaacson
The Lewis Family
Susan Heideman and Fred Hapgood
B. Thomas Henry
Linda and Tim Holiner
Leigh and Doug Hurd
Charmain Jackman and Jeff Lahens
Martin and Beth Kramer
Geraldine S. Kunstadter
James and Anne LaPlante
Dylan Leavitt and Michael Libert
Dr. Yndia Lorick-Wilmot and Damian Wilmot
Julie and Christopher Lovell
Doris Lowy and Paul Zigman
Arnold Reisman and Paula Lyons
Rita and Patrick McGeary
Daniel E. Melick
Leah and John Morris
Ignacio Martinez and Victoria Moule
Barry and Deirdre Nectow
Dr. David Nelson and Kimberly Nelson
James Packer and Martha Kramer
Hilary Field Respass
Caroline and Peter Schanzer
David and Marie Louise Scudder
David and Ginni Spencer
Emilie D. Steele
Debbie and Theodore Sturman
Dan and Leslie Sullivan
Rick Tagliaferri and Jill Mackavey
Ben and Kate Taylor
Maura Tighe and Paul Gattuso
Mary and Charles Vadala
Vivian and André Ward
Flora and Robert Watson
John and Kathleen Weaver
Jerry Wheelock and Elizabeth Wood
Celeste and Scott Wilson
Jerry and Elizabeth Wood
Junior Level Sponsors
Corinne Anne Basler
Gordon, Liza and Robbie Bemis, in memory of Jane Marrow
Jason and Neathery Brenzel
Kevin and Julie Callaghan
Dr. Mark Leiserson and Robin Socol
Christine and David Letts
Steven and Cynthia Meyers
Elizabeth and Robert Pozen
Suzanne and Peter Read
Senior Level Sponsors
25th Anniversary Club Donors listing was updated as of April 12, 2023.
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Who Is BAA?
A Look Back at BAA’s 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.
A 25th Anniversary Year In Review (so far):
Here are 25 Photos of 25 Opportunities YOU created by supporting Boston Arts Academy Foundation for BAA's 25th Anniversary!
A photo is worth a thousand words. These photos speak volumes on how you've made an impact, and there's still time to join us in making this celebratory year even more special. By donating $25 or more, you'll join the BAAF 25th Anniversary Club!Donate