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Artward Bound

Artward Bound's mission is simple: bring local voices of color to the forefront of the art industry. Since its start in 2011, Artward Bound has provided Boston students with access to the arts and an enriching pathway to college and beyond through 100% free year-round programming.

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  • Passionate about art and design and have an interest in attending art school?
  • Live and go to school in Boston?
  • Experience lack of access to the arts?
  • Have financial needs?

Artward Bound is accepting applications for rising 9th and 10th graders on a rolling basis to begin in the Fall of 2021! Applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible.

Artward Bound starts with a six-week Summer Session that includes academic mornings and intensive art-making afternoons. During the school year, students take part in art classes twice a week, which includes visits to museums, studios, and career-building workshops.

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"Artward Bound has helped me so much through the years. The program and people have shown me how to see differently and to be my own person. They’ve helped me to explore what I love and do what I love, and how to express myself freely but also safely."
- Taylor Adams-Bass, Brockton High School


About

Artward Bound is a free 4-year program that prepares 9th - 12th-grade students interested in visual arts and design with the artistic and academic skills needed for admission to and success at an art/design college or other post-secondary institution.

Artward Bound starts with a six-week Summer Session that includes academic mornings and intensive art-making afternoons. During the school year, students take part in art classes twice a week, which include visits to museums, studios, and career-building workshops.

  • Requires a commitment from students and families for all four years of high school (including summers)
  • Art and design instruction and academic tutoring available for all students to ensure success 
  • MBTA passes and stipends available for students 

Artward Bound classes will be hybrid for the Fall of 2021 with in-person academic support on Mondays, online classes on Wednesdays, and in-person studio classes on Fridays.


Students by the Numbers

100%

GRADUATE FROM
HIGH SCHOOL

94%

ALUMNI ENROLLED
IN COLLEGE

91%

STUDENTS OF COLOR

65%

OF STUDENTS STUDY
ART & DESIGN IN COLLEGE

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    In the News

    Uniquely Boston: Free College Prep Program Focused on Art

    NBC Boston focused a segment on Artward Bound, a free four-year college access program that prepares 9-12th grade Boston-area students interested in art and design with the artistic, academic, and life skills needed to thrive in college and beyond. 

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