Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy is an 501c3 non-profit after-school program, affiliated with the Historic Charles Street A.M.E Church in Roxbury, MA that is committed to the development of Boston's next generation of innovative artists through the celebration and preservation of Black music.
Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy is named after two prominent members of the Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church and the national music community, Ruth Hamilton and Elta Garrett. Ruth Hamilton was a world-renowned contralto who was a musician and proponent of the Negro Spirituals. Ms. Hamilton passed away in 2001 and it was her desire for a community based youth program to be created to preserve, educate and celebrate Black music and culture. Elta Garrett, a well-known soprano, dedicated more than 30 years of her life as a music teacher in the Boston Public Schools. After retirement, Mrs. Garrett served as the founding director of the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy. Retiring after serving twelve years as the director of the Arts Academy, Mrs. Garrett still actively supports the Hamilton-Garrett by serving as an active member on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton-Garrett Center for Performing Arts.
For centuries, music has been a central component of Black communities’ culture, strength, and heritage. The Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy (HGMAA) is dedicated to passing on the rich legacy of Black cultural music to the next generation. As part of its commitment to community building through youth development and cultural pride, HGMAA seeks to challenge inner-city youth to see themselves as positive producers of culture, music and the arts as a whole, rather than merely consumers of it. HGMAA provides the community with cultural products and performances of which they can be proud. It is the desire of HGMAA to equip our young artists with the necessary tools to make this vision a reality.