How do the arts impact our community?
Art Unifies Communities
72 percent of Americans believe the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity.
2X as Likely to Graduate College
The arts help people succeed. Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate college than their peers with no arts education.
4 out of 5 More Likely to Vote
The arts make young adults more civically engaged. Seventy-eight percent of young adults who had arts-rich experiences were more likely to vote or participate in a political campaign.
$1 for the Arts Saves $9 on Other Costs
After-school arts programs save cities money. For every $1 spent on after-school programs, $9 is saved by reducing welfare and crime costs, improving academic performance, and increasing kids’ earning potential.
The BMA believes in access to art for everyone, from anywhere
Visits to our digital content on our website through #BMAfromHome and Culture Bridge, a new interactive site designed for K-12 students and educators.
Years of art and culture are represented by our collection, which can be viewed in person for FREE, including Asian, African, European, American, pre-Columbian, and Native American art.
K-12 virtual learners and 286 teachers benefited from the
BMA’s educational outreach last year by receiving curriculum enhancement through art-making projects and art history lessons.
Letter from the Director
This challenging year has brought many of our community’s greatest needs into focus, including those at the heart of the BMA’s mission: How and why do we ensure access to art for everyone?