The Professional Arts Consortium (ProArts) was incorporated in the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts in 1984. Read below to find out more about how ProArts
came into being and the diverse programs run by ProArts throughout the
Launch of online neighborhood ProArts Connect, found at www.proartsconnect.org.
New ProArts Website, www.proarts.org, launched.
Emerson College hosts interdisciplinary, inter-institutional course entitled,
“Invisible Cities, Interventions.”
ProArts hosts “Defining the Future of ProArts Conference”
at the Boston Architectural Center.
February 2001, April 2002
ProArts holds “Chairing the Academic Department” conference
in collaboration with the Colleges of the Fenway Consortium.
Boston Arts Academy celebrates its first graduating class
Boston Arts Academy opens its doors.
Boston School Committee notifies ProArts that proposal submitted for arts
high school, the Boston Arts Academy, submitted in September, has been
accepted by the city.
First “Careers in the Arts” program held at the Museum of
Berklee College of Music accepted as sixth member of the ProArts Consortium,
effective January 1, 1991
ProArts sponsors the first of two annual teachers conferences for arts
educators in the area.
ProArts joins Mass Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) with provides substantial
savings for members via access to state contracts.
ProArts Summer, a six-weeks residency program for artistically talented
high school students in Massachusetts, sponsored by the Consortium and
funded by the State Board of Regents and the Mass Council for the Arts
and Humanities. The program is offered again for two more years.
May 21, 1984
Professional Arts Consortium, consisting of the Boston Architectural Center,
Massachusetts College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Emerson
College, and the Boston Conservatory of Music, incorporated in the Commonwealth
Cross-Registration begins at all five Consortium institutions.
First collaborative course, “Situations in the Contemporary Arts,”
offered through MassArt.
Arts Festival sponsored by the Consortium held on Peddocks Island
Proposal for developing a summer arts program for high school students
submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Regents.
Berklee College of Music invited to attend meetings of the Task Force
and participate in activities.
Art House, an inter-arts residency program, begins with a director and
50 students from the BAC, MassArt, the SMFA, and Emerson College. The
Program is housed in the Emerson dormitory, Fensgate.
Academic Deans of the Boston Consortium of Professional Arts being meeting
to discuss a joint seminar course, “Contemporary Issues in the Arts.”
The Beaudoin Report or “Consortium Task Force Final Report,”
written by D. Bee Beaudoin in conjunction with Task Force members from
the Boston Architectural Center, Massachusetts College of Art, the School
of the Museum of Fine Arts, Emerson College, and the Boston Conservatory
of Music is completed. The study for an arts consortium recommends goals,
area of cooperative activities, and benefits to the member institutions
and to the Boston area. (It was noted that the New England Conservatory
of Music also participated in formal discussions concerning the Consortium
over this period.)
A Task Force of the Boston Consortium of the Professional Arts, appointed
by the CEOs of the Boston Architectural Center, Massachusetts College
of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Emerson College, and the New
England Conservatory of Music meets to study collaborative programs among
The Presidents of the Boston Architectural Center, Massachusetts College
of Art, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the New England Conservatory
of Music submit to the City of Boston a proposal that would transform
Peddock’s Island in Boston Harbor into an “Art Park.”
The concept for the park included an art camp to provide arts training
for talented young people, weekend arts festivals, continuing education
courses, and conferences. Although supported by many, including the Massachusetts
Council on the Arts and Humanities, the proposal was not accepted.