School art programs get boost

Eight Boston schools—including JP’s English High and John F. Kennedy Elementary—will add art and music programs next year thanks to $81,500 in grants through the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative.

The grants, announced on June 15, also will allow JP’s Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts to continue and expand its arts partnership with three Roslindale schools.

The funding is part of a $5.5 million campaign led by the nonprofit EdVestors, whose executive director, Laura Perille, is a JP resident. The funding comes from a variety of private donors and foundations.

The Initiative ties into Boston Public Schools’ five-year improvement plan.

“Arts education is a vital part of an engaging and effective learning environment for students,” said BPS Superintendent Carol Johnson in a press statement.

From press materials.

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