On May 1 a virtual livestream of the 2021 BAA Honors — Boston Arts Academy’s annual fundraising event — saw a star-studded cast and a series of music and dance performances by students and alumni raise nearly $1.7 million for the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts.
BAA is based in Fields Corner as its new campus is being built near Fenway Park.
Among this year’s celebrity honorees were Red Sox legend David Ortiz, car dealership executive Ernie Boch Jr., and Academy Award-winning fashion designer Ruth Carter.
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.
“BAA Honors is a celebration of the absolute best of what Boston Arts Academy has to offer,” said Boston Arts Academy Foundation President Denella Clark. “From our incredible students to our alumni who always give back to the next generation, to the Honorees who inspire our students to reach for greatness, it was an evening to recognize all of their accomplishments and to share in the passion that connects our remarkable community.”
“I’m very honored to receive this award,” said TV & Film Honoree Ortiz Saturday night during the live broadcast. “I was born in the Dominican Republic, where music just runs through our blood and art is everywhere. When I think about music, I think about happiness. We’ve got to support [BAA] and we’ve got to help.