Donate to Opportunity: Support Jamaica Plain’s Next Generation

I’ve always believed that art is vital, arguably the heartbeat of our society. I started dancing at the age of three, studied dance at college, and now work at an arts non-profit and teach dance to kids at night. I chose to live in Jamaica Plain because it’s evident that our neighborhood supports and recognizes the importance of keeping art alive through community events, classes, and artistic demonstrations. There’s so much talent and potential that exists within our city’s youth. However, opportunity doesn’t always meet that talent.


JP’s Murrett-Kam is First Grad of Boston Arts Academy’s Fashion Technology Program, Headed to FIT

Jamaica Plain's Sarada “Sasa” Murrett-Kam is a pioneer. She is the first graduate in the Boston Arts Academy’s new fashion technology program, and will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City this fall. Murrett-Kam answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about her high school career, what it's like designing for Boston Fashion Week, her influences and her goals. Q: What does it mean to you to be the first graduate of the BAA's fashion technology program? Murrett-Kam: I love being the first graduate knowing that I set the standard of what’s to come for the upcoming students.


JP’s Barricklo, Boston Arts Academy’s Valedictorian, Headed to Emerson College

Jamaica Plain's Jonah Barricklo fully took advantage of everything the Boston Arts Academy offers after he moved to Boston from the Bronx in 2017. He was able to showcase his singing, dancing and acting skills -- and was named valedictorian of his class. Q: What does it mean to you to be BAA's valedictorian? Barricklo: I am honored to be BAA’s valedictorian. It is so nice to have been so warmly welcomed into the community at the school.