Target Arts In School Residency Program

School Programs

In collaboration with Boston Public Schools, the Education Department conducts artist residencies focusing on the performing arts and literacy. Teaching Artists conduct an in-depth residency with literacy-based goals and outcomes. Students in participating schools develop original written and performance pieces that culminate in a final showcase production at the school. At a time when arts dollars are being cut from school budgets, the Education Department at the Boch Center strives to fill the gap in arts education and to play a leadership role in arts program delivery and resource coordination.

Since the fall of 2009, the Boch Center partnered with Boston Public Schools in the "Target Arts Program," an artist residency and ticket access program generously funded by the Target Corporation. The goal of the program is to improve school success, engage families and strengthen community by providing access to Boston's rich offerings of music, dance, visual arts, theater and cultural events. Thousands of students in selected schools have gained greater exposure to Boston's theater district through the residencies and associated ticket access.

For more information, please email or call 617-532-1256.

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Funded by Target and created through a partnership between the Boch Center and Boston Public Schools, the Target Arts Program has reached over 7,000 students since its launch in 2009 and  has served 25 Boston Public schools.

Since 2009, the Boch Center has worked in the following Boston public schools through the Target Arts Program:

Blackstone Innovation School, South End
Brook Farm Academy, West Roxbury
Burke High School, Dorchester
Dearborn Middle School, Roxbury
Edward Kennedy Health Careers Academy, Fenway
Ellis Elementary School, Roxbury
Ellison-Parks Early Education School, Mattapan
Emerson Elementary, Roxbury
English High School, Jamaica Plain
Guild Elementary, East Boston
Hale Elementary School, Roxbury
Holland Elementary School, Dorchester
Josiah Quincy Elementary, Chinatown
JF Kennedy Elementary, Jamaica Plain
King K-8 School, Dorchester
Lee Academy, Dorchester
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Roxbury
Odyssey High School, South Boston
Orchard Gardens K-8 School, Roxbury
PJ Kennedy Elementary, East Boston
Roger Clap Innovation School, Dorchester
Rogers Middle School, Hyde Park
Timilty Middle School, Roxbury
Tobin K-8 School, Roxbury
Trotter Elementary School, Dorchester
Winthrop Elementary School, Dorchester

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From 2010-2012, the Boch Center also worked in the following Boston public schools through the EdVestors Arts Expansion Program:

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Roxbury
Odyssey High School, South Boston
Snowden International High School, Back Bay

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