"Our partnership with Wilson Butler has been invaluable...not just for the creation of our new facility, but for the development of our program. For over a decade they have been true partners: connecting with our students, faculty, and staff to understand our needs as an arts school and to offer opportunities (such as internships, job shadowing) for our students to understand the world of architecture. When Wilson Butler is your partner, they don’t just work with you, they join you."
Anne Clark, Headmaster of Boston Arts Academy
The Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is a 154,000-sf Performing Arts High School located on 174 Ipswich Street, directly across from historic Fenway Park. Designed by Wilson Butler Architects in conjunction with Perkins Eastman, the new cutting-edge performance spaces will include Boston’s only teaching and fully-accessible 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat black box theater, and a multipurpose recital hall that can accommodate up to 60 performers and 100 audience members.
Designed to facilitate encourage and facilitate interaction between the different art forms, the new facility will spur collaborative creativity. The BAA will provide an outstanding arts education at Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts.
Construction for the new 500-student facility began in May of 2019 and is scheduled for completion for summer of 2021. The project is slated for LEED Gold Certification.
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Building organization by level defines each arts discipline and is combined with common areas for impromptu performance and instruction:
The 1st and 2nd floors are dedicated to Theater and will host Acting & Movement Studios, a Film studio, and a Screening Room, and support spaces.
The 3rd floor, devoted to Dance, will include multiple studios and changing rooms.
Visual Arts and Fashion Technology will occupy the 4th floor and will accommodate 2D and 3D Art, Styling/Design, and Exhibition Studios.
Music on the 5th floor will boast various choral, ensemble, and practice rooms, a recording studio, midi lab, percussion studio, teacher planning rooms, instrument storage space, and a rooftop performance and gathering space.
All levels will offer core flexible classrooms, special learning, and experimental spaces, including a cutting-edge STEAM lab where students will explore where math, science, technology, and art intersect. In addition, public space and lobbies on the 1st and 2nd floors will double as galleries for both student’s work and that of established artists.