Boston, MA – March 12, 2020 – Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation has presented a two-year grant totaling $25,000 to Boston Arts Academy (BAA) Foundation (BAA Foundation) to support the Building Our Future campaign. BAA Foundation raises essential funds for Boston Arts Academy, the city’s only high school for the visual and performing arts. Through the five-year, comprehensive campaign, the BAA Foundation is raising $30 million to augment Boston Arts Academy’s school budget and ensure long-term sustainability.
“Rockland Trust is a generous partner in many ways. Chris Oddleifson, Rockland Trust CEO, serves on the Building Our Future Campaign Cabinet and has been instrumental to our fundraising,” said Denella Clark, BAA Foundation President. “We appreciate Chris and the incredible team at Rockland Trust. This significant grant will support our Campaign and ensure a brighter future for students.”
In September 2021, BAA’s new, state-of-the-art building will open in the Fenway neighborhood, expanding opportunities for Boston students. This facility will house studios for dance, theatre, and music; high-tech fashion and visual arts workshops; a cutting-edge STEAM (STEM+Art) lab; fitness center; a year-round cultural facility; a rooftop recital hall, and a black box theatre. The theatre also will be the school’s largest classroom. When BAA opens its new school building, the number of students enrolled will increase from 469 to 500 and eventually grow over the years. Many of BAA’s more than 1,600 alumni are first-generation college students and graduates.
“We are honored to support the BAA Foundation in its mission to provide students of Boston with a comprehensive laboratory for artistic and academic innovation,” said Christopher Oddleifson, Rockland Trust CEO. “The lack of arts and college preparatory resources for students affects all of us and has become a challenge to our economic health. We’re grateful that BAA has provided a solution to this and continues to expand their reach in providing an arts-rich education.”