Days in the Arts (DARTS)
The Days in the
Arts (DARTS) program is a summer residential program near
Tanglewood that provides middle school students with a high-quality
arts immersion experience, allowing each student to engage with and
create art with their peers in a positive, non-judgmental
The program unites students from urban, suburban and rural communities, seeking to break down barriers and stereotypes by creating a community of mutual respect and understanding.
The DARTS philosophy is founded on fostering respect for and interest in each person's diversity, interests, talents, and individuality. DARTS strives to provide an environment in which students are exposed to the arts and to people from a wide range of backgrounds.
Each summer since 1968 in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the BSO operates the Days in the Arts residential education program that invites middle school students from across Massachusetts to gather together to explore the arts. DARTS offers students the opportunity to spend five of their summer days immersed in the arts, engaged in intensive arts workshops and to experience a variety of partner cultural organizations throughout the Berkshires.
DARTS serves 400 middle school students each summer during eight one-week sessions. Arts workshops are offered in Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance and Visual Art and are taught by experienced arts educators who are also professionals in their own field. Each session convenes students from urban, suburban and rural communities with the intent to create a single community through the arts. While there is a fee attached to the experience, need-based financial assistance is available for families; no student is turned away from DARTS due to an inability to pay.