Since the inception of Festival of the Arts Boca in 2007, cultural arts education has been central to its mission: introducing new audiences to great music and exposing young people to leading artists through master classes and open rehearsals.
Thanks to the Vegso Family Educational Initiative, the Festival continues to fulfill its commitment. Highlights from recent years include: two-time Grammy Award nominee Joey Alexander performing with the Don Estridge High Tech Middle School Jazz Band; the Eroica trio giving master classes at Lynn University; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom Ford speaking about the writing process with graduate writing students at Florida Atlantic University; principal players from the RNO working with wind and brass students at West Boca Regional High School; and Astronaut Don Pettit regaling students at Spanish River High School with stories about life aboard the International Space Station.
In addition, over 1,000 Festival tickets are donated to students, their families, and teachers every year.
In 2021, Festival of the Arts Boca launched a new annual music competition for young people, open to Palm Beach and Broward County music students aged 18 and younger, offering over than $9,000 in prizes and professional performance opportunities for winners. Learn more about the Festival’s Annual Music Competition here.
For more information about our educational efforts or to contribute, please contact our director Joanna Marie Kaye at email@example.com or 954-646-8804 for more information.