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.
Building organization by level defines each arts discipline and is combined with common areas for impromptu performance and instruction:
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.