The good news is nice but the bad news is awful. Bad news first:
From Geoff Edgers in the Boston Globe:
Celebrity Series loses Bank of America’s chief sponsorshipMore about the Celebrity Series
Bank of America yesterday announced it was withdrawing as chief sponsor of the Celebrity Series, a major blow to one of the region’s leading arts presenters.
The move means the Celebrity Series, which puts on roughly 50 classical music and dance performances a year in Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and a host of other sites, will lose about $600,000 of its $7 million annual operating budget. The bank’s name will be dropped from the title of the series.
.... Already, the Celebrity Series has announced it will not be able to bring an internationally renowned company like the Kirov to Boston as a result of the loss of sponsorship.
From Tracy Jan in the Boston Globe:
City planning arts-themed middle school
More about the school
Startup as early as fall 2008
Boston plans to open the city’s first arts-themed middle school as soon as the fall of 2008, with a focus on the visual and performing arts.
The school, which school officials expect to have 240 sixth- to eighth-graders admitted by lottery, will incorporate the arts in every class in some way. Students will perform plays in English class, for example, or produce an animated movie to show their understanding of various principles in math, or study the life of a dancer to learn about biology and physiology in science. Each will take classes in voice, dance, instrumental music, and theater.