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letters | downtown facility eyed for two boston schools

Arts education brings vitality to city, deserves support

RE “DOWNTOWN facility for two schools could cost a state-record $261m” (Page A1, Oct. 1): The Massachusetts School Buiiding Authority has taken a historic vote that will be the first step of many for this project, which proposes to locate the Josiah Quincy Upper School with the Boston Arts Academy.

As a temporary solution, Boston Arts Academy was housed at 174 Ipswich St. 15 years ago, and the facility does not have any performance space or designated arts spaces. Boston Arts Academy has been training Boston students for success in their arts and academic careers, but the challenges of the facility put these students at a competitive disadvantage.

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Across the country, public arts schools are changing to improve facilities for greater and stronger access to arts for their students with recognition that arts spaces are more expensive. This includes a $232 million building for the Visual and Performing Arts High School in Los Angeles that serves 1,089 students.

In Boston, we know that this investment will benefit the communities of two schools that have already created strong programs and will only continue to grow.

The varied work produced by Boston’s emerging artists adds vitality to our compact city, and we urge our public officials to support this important proposed project.

Theodore C. Landsmark

President

Boston Architectural College

Boston

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