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Our curriculum, which touches on many visual art disciplines, encourages students to explore and develop new skills. Over the course of the program, Artward Bound students also think about how creative expression and artmaking can have a positive impact on their lives, families, and communities. 

Artward Bound is geared toward students with financial need and a lack of access to arts and creative programming. We support students through creative and academic tutoring, as well as providing MBTA passes for traveling to and from the MassArt campus. Students in good standing are eligible for financial stipends and can earn college credit after completing a full year with Artward Bound.

Artwardbound students by the numbers


Graduate High School


Enroll in college


Study art and design in college

Apply to Artward Bound

Artward Bound is accepting applications on a rolling basis until June for current 8th, 9th, and 10th-grade students to begin in the summer of 2024!

  • First, ensure that you qualify. To apply to Artward Bound, you must:
  • Live in Boston or within commuting distance 
  • Be a current 8th, 9th, or 10th grade student
  • Have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) for Boston
  • Be able and willing to commit fully to the Artward Bound program schedule during the school year and summer, for up to four years


Students attending Boston Public Schools (except Boston Arts Academy and Boston Latin School) are given top priority for admissions into Artward Bound. Secondary priority is given to other students residing in the City of Boston (including those attending Boston Arts Academy and Boston Latin School).

  • Online Application 
  • Essay – Write a half-page essay, approximately 250 words, explaining why you want to participate in Artward Bound and what you hope to learn from the experience. You can also write about the kind of art you enjoy making, your goals for after graduating high school, how your identities have impacted your interest in the arts, or anything else that helps us get to know you.
  • Two drawings – Choose two from the following drawing prompts:
    • Create a drawing that fills the entire paper
    • Create a drawing of an object that is important to you
    • Draw an originally created character
  • Academic transcript – Please ask your guidance counselor or principal for a complete academic transcript that lists your current and past courses and grades. 
  • Letter of recommendation – Ask someone who knows you as a student — a teacher, coach, pastor/minister or youth leader — to write you a letter of recommendation. Please note, we do not accept recommendation letters from family members.  
Have questions about the application process?

Please contact:

Greg Linse Learning Coordinator, Artward Bound
Gaby Moreno ‘25 BFA Painting, working in her studio.

From First-Gen to Aspiring Art Therapist

Gaby Moreno '25 BFA Painting

Give to Artward Bound

We depend on donor support to make Artward Bound a reality for promising Boston high school students. When you support us with a gift of any amount, you provide Boston youth with meaningful opportunities for creative growth. Here are just some of the ways that donor support helps make Artward Bound a reality for deserving students:: 

  • $25 helps provide a student with an MBTA pass
  • $150 covers the cost of supplies for one student per semester
  • $13,500 allows a student to attend Artward Bound for a year  
  • $54,000 provides a full, free 4-year Artward Bound experience for one student

Your gift will help talented and committed students reach their goals — in the classroom, the studio, and beyond. 

Support Artward Bound

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