$1.7M Raised for Boston Public School

Boston – Boston Arts Academy (BAA) Foundation recently held its BAA Honors 2021 event, a night of music, dance, and performances by students, alumni, and honorees. The event helped BAA Foundation raise nearly $1.7 million through BAA Honors during the past year.

During the live event, honorees were recognized for their contributions to the community. The socially distanced event was hosted by BAA Honors in Music recipient, Ernie Boch Jr.

BAA Honors supports wide-ranging resources at BAA, from special lighting in performance spaces, to state-of-the-art technology for recording studios, additional student health and wellness services, and increased STEAM (STEM+Art) education opportunities.

The 2021 BAA Honors recipients:

  • Honors in Music: Ernie Boch Jr., president and CEO, Subaru of New England
  • Honors in Fashion: Ruth E. Carter, Academy Award-winning film and television costume designer
  • Honors in TV & Film: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox legend, Fox Sports Major League Baseball analyst
  • Honors in Dance: Eve S. Rounds, dance advocate and champion of the arts
  • Honors in Visual Art: Scott Wilson and Scott Butler, founding directors, Wilson Butler Architects
  • Honors in Civic Responsibility: Steve Samuels, chairman and principal, Samuels & Associates, a real estate development firm

Sandra Gordon, founding president of Boston Arts Academy Foundation (1999) and trustee emerita of Boston Arts Academy and BAA Foundation, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event co-chairs were Lee Michael Kennedy, president and CEO, Lee Kennedy Co., and Sue Brady Hartigan, philanthropist and Boston on-air radio personality. Pamela D.A. Reeve and Donna M. Harris-Lewis were announced as BAA Honors 2022 co-chairs.