About MSOA &
Bak Middle School of the Arts

The Middle School of the Arts Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1999 by parents and concerned members of the community to raise the estimated $1.8 million needed to build an auditorium for the school’s new campus, an essential performance space for an arts school. (A typical middle school campus includes a gymnasium or an auditorium, but not both.)

In 2002, Dora Bak contributed $1.5million to the Middle School of the Arts Foundation in honor of her late husband, Richard Bak. The school was renamed Bak Middle School of the Arts in honor of their generous legacy to the children of Palm Beach County. Since that time, the Foundation has been very active in raising funds for the school and its programs.

The Foundation funds art industry professionals in the classroom, as well as Wish List Grants that provide both academic and art specific supplies, equipment and technology.

To learn more about MSOA and BAKs history, click here.