BU Arts InitiativeThe Boston University Arts Initiative ensures that the arts are fundamental to the student experience by developing and supporting university-wide programs to advance the role of the arts at BU through building community; supporting interdisciplinary arts teaching, learning, and research; and highlighting diverse artists and modes of artistry.
Arts Factor Report 2019 by ArtsBoston"Arts, culture, and creativity are economic engines for Boston, supporting local
businesses, as well as directly contributing over $2 billion to our economy every year."
Arts Factor Report 2014 by ArtsBoston“The Arts Factor is an initiative established by ArtsBoston that uses data to demonstrate the positive impact that arts and culture has on Greater Boston. The Arts Factor 2014 Report features new research on the ways that the region’s nonprofit arts and cultural sector transforms lives, builds stronger communities, and strengthens the local economy.”
Publication Date: 2014
Culture Track 2014: Focus on Boston by Museum of Fine Arts“Revealing new insights into the unique characteristics and tendencies of greater Boston’s cultural audiences, the study results offer data that is meant to inform strategic planning and ensure enduring growth of regional arts and culture institutions.”
ArtsBoston“ArtsBoston creates powerful relationships between arts organizations, the public, and every sector of civic life to build an arts sector that represents the true character and diversity of our city. With our partners, we are expanding audiences, strengthening community, and advocating for the immense value that the arts, culture, and creativity bring to our sector..”
Barr Foundation: Arts & Creativity“Barr’s goal for its arts and culture grantmaking is to enhance the cultural vitality of Boston. Investments are focused in four areas: l) strengthening anchor organizations, 2) nurturing the next generation of artists and arts lovers, 3) promoting innovative practice, and 4) developing civic policy, leadership, and resources for arts and culture.”
Boston Art Commission“The Boston Art Commission, established in 1890, exercises legal authority to approve and site new public art on property owned by the City of Boston. Woven through the urban landscape, site-specific artworks identify Boston as a place with long history and a great capacity for innovation.”
Boston Art Dealers AssociationThe Boston Art Dealers Association (BADA) was formed in 1989 to foster cooperation among the city's contemporary art galleries and to create a unified voice of advocacy for contemporary art in Boston.
Boston Arts AcademyBoston Arts Academy (BAA) is the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts, serving students who reflect the diversity of Boston’s neighborhoods.
Boston Cultural Council“The Boston Cultural Council (BCC), under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, annually distributes funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, to support innovative arts, humanities and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in our city.”
The BU Arts Initiative provides all graduate and undergraduate BU students free membership to: the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and The Institute of Contemporary Art. Just show your BU ID at the ticket desk.