Monday, June 9, 2014

The Arts: Whose Business is it?

By Michelle Turner, BVP Art Teacher and Director 

Our mission as BVP arts educators is to build world-class art and music programs at each school within our growing network.  After recently browsing our scholars’ art on and attending BVP music concerts last week, I might be a bit biased for saying this, but we are SO on track with the task!  

For many, though, world-class art and music might simply mean exemplary teaching in the classroom.  However, let’s consider raising the bar and intentionally pair great teaching with vision that brings the arts to a larger audience: the community.

Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder of Microsoft once said, “In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and developing vital communities.  The arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”  As much as the arts are integral to learning, we should always remember they are essential to building and maintaining healthy cultures and communities.

Last weekend, more than 15 artists from BVP were entered into Chase Farm’s first Vernal Arts and Music Festival in Lincoln, celebrating nature through interactive art and music performances.  Two of our budding artists received awards for their work.  With “Nature” being the theme of the contest, ES2’s Tatiana Baldinelli received a third place prize in the Elementary Division and MS1’s Serena Lincoln captured a second place tie in the Middle School Division.  We are so proud that our community called on us and we happily delivered.  Way to go BVP artists!

So, why are we making this YOUR business?  Because we have a commitment to our scholars, our mission, our communities…because we are BVP and it’s what we do. Know of an upcoming art event in your community?  Make it OUR business and contact Michelle at Thank you for your continued support!

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