What We Do
FoPA (Brookline Friends of Performing Arts at BHS) supports the educational activities of the Performing Arts Department at Brookline High School through: fundraising and grantmaking for needs and aspirations identified by the BHS Performing Arts Department faculty and leadership; increasing the visibility of the Performing Arts education at BHS and its role in the Public Schools of Brookline through outreach and communication; and strengthening community through volunteer engagement.
One third of the student population participates annually in the performing arts at BHS, in approximately thirty productions. FoPA volunteers collaborate with faculty in activities including Communications/Publicity, Performance Support/Box Office, Fundraising, and K8/Community Outreach. Anyone in the Public Schools of Brookline is welcome to participate with FoPA. To learn more about supporting our mission and getting involved with the performing arts community of parents, caregivers, students, and teachers, please join our mailing list and follow us on social media @brooklinefopa.
Brookline Friends of Performing Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is solely supported through direct donations, business sponsorships, and congratulatory greetings for performers in our program books at performances. Gifts to FoPA fund our faculty grant program. FoPA grants (insert link to grant page) encourage BHS performing arts teachers to respond to opportunities that arise during the school year that improve the student experience, such as inviting guest artists to classrooms and enhancing productions, as well as work with school leadership to invest in equipment and technology. FoPA is staffed by volunteers and advised by the Public Schools of Brookline K-12 Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator. This relationship ensures that the organization's goals are aligned with the department. In supporting the curricular and extracurricular performing arts activities of the BHS Performing Arts Department, FoPA's involvement strengthens the entire school community, as most BHS performances in music, dance, and drama are open to the public and serve to engage students and families across the K12 experience in the Public Schools of Brookline.