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Oscar winner Ruth E. Carter to be honored at Boston Arts Academy event

Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter.
Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter.Antwon Maxwell Photography

Saturday night, the Boston Arts Academy will hold its annual BAA Honors fund-raiser. The academy is the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. The founding president of the BAA Foundation, Sandra Gordon, will receive a lifetime achievement award. Latoyia Edwards, of NBC 10 Boston and NECN, will emcee the event. Among the honorees will be retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter.

Carter, a Springfield native, won her Oscar for “Black Panther.” Other credits include “Malcolm X,” “Amistad,” “Selma,” and “Coming 2 America.”

Her interest in the BAA is grounded in personal experience, Carter said. “Oh, I remember being an artistic kid in Massachusetts,” she said in a Zoom interview Tuesday. She was in Atlanta, where she’s working on “Black Panther II.”


“I remember being in lots of programs like the BAA, where I was able to flourish and find mentorship. You know, I remember the words of my mentors telling me I was talented and that I could do anything I wanted to do. I think it’s important for us to support an arts academy, because a lot of people maybe have parents that don’t think that a career in the arts is viable. I represent someone who made it, from a single-parent household and loved to be in programs like BAA.”

The event, which starts at 7 p.m., will include speeches from honorees and performances from BAA students. NBC 10, NECN, and Telemundo will broadcast the honors.

Mark Feeney can be reached at mark.feeney@globe.com.