• Leonard Webb

Boston Arts Academy Announces New Arts Dean!



Boston, MA (September 4, 2019)—Boston Arts Academy kicks off the school year this week with a new Arts Dean – Dorchester resident Tyrone Sutton has been named Arts Dean of Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Sutton is responsible for cultivating and connecting creative ideas among faculty, staff and students. He will serve as the school’s third Arts Dean.


Sutton has worked at BAA since 2008, teaching freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in various courses including vocal technique, vocal jazz, music theory, musical theater and music history. He previously served as chair of the Humanities department and co-chair of the Music department.


“I am extremely proud to name Tyrone as our newest arts dean. He has the right vision, ethic and purpose, as well as my full confidence, to lead both our faculty and students into the next chapter of BAA,” said BAA Headmaster Anne Clark. “As a longstanding member of our faculty, his passion for harnessing our student’s talents and mentoring them to reach their full potential is inspiring.”


Sutton founded the award-winning Boston Arts Academy Spirituals Ensemble, which explores the evolution of the African-American sacred choral music tradition, and has performed at several major venues across Massachusetts, including for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and most recently, on WGBH’s “Sing That Thing” vocal competition. In 2016, the Ensemble was awarded a GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise award, one of only two schools in New England. Sutton received a special distinction.


“Tyrone has proven himself to be a leader, not only at BAA but within the Greater Boston community.  We look forward to seeing what the future will bring with him leading our talented arts faculty and expanding BAA’s tradition of educating our diverse student community of aspiring scholars, artists, citizens,” said Denella Clark, president of the Boston Arts Academy Foundation.


“Coming to work every day, I am constantly inspired by the passion and creativity that’s infused throughout the school,” said Sutton. “I am excited to be working with our exceptional community of students, artists, educators, leaders, as well as our extensive network of supportive community members to help make BAA the national model for training young artists.”


Prior to joining BAA, Sutton worked in arts education policy and advocacy with the Arts Education Partnership in Washington, D.C. and as an assistant for the coordinator for visual and performing arts in Cambridge Public Schools in Cambridge, MA. He currently serves as the principal organist at the Historic Charles Street A.M.E. church in Boston and is a board member for the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester and the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy in Roxbury. He has also served as a teaching fellow with the Boston Children’s Chorus and vocal ensemble director for Berklee City Music, Boston.


Prior to joining the Boston Arts Academy, he worked in arts education policy and advocacy with the Arts Education Partnership in Washington, D.C. and as an assistant for the coordinator for visual and performing arts in Cambridge Public Schools in Cambridge, MA. In 2005, he was named a Rockefeller Brothers Fund fellow.


Sutton earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Texas State University-San Marcos and master’s degree in education with a concentration in arts education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He also received a graduate certificate from Boston University’s Creative Educational Leadership Institute.


About Boston Arts Academy

Founded in 1998 as the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts, Boston Arts Academy (BAA) has distinguished itself among urban public high schools as a leader in innovative and effective student-centered education. Consistently recognized locally and nationally for its achievements, BAA exemplifies the power of an arts-rich education, as more than 1,300 BAA graduates have found success in college through the arts. In fact, for the past four years, at least 97% of BAA graduates are accepted to college, with most being first-generation college attendees. BAA’s dynamic program prepares graduates to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, collaborators and creators. Students come from all 26 Boston neighborhoods to receive the formal arts training and academic instruction that will make them Boston’s next generation of artists and cultural leaders. This is the only such opportunity within the Boston Public Schools.


In October 2018, the BAA community broke ground on a new $125 million facility at its Fenway location, which will expand from 121,000 square feet to 153,500 square feet upon its completion in 2021. Among many highlights, it will include new and much-needed enhanced theatres, career center, academic classrooms, dance studios, music practice rooms and fashion technology studios and workspace. The additional space will allow the school to serve approximately 650 students.


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