BAI Songwriting Series with Kishi Bashi. Photo by Jacob Cader.
Wendy Red Star. Photo by Winnie Gier.
Adrienne Edwards and Wangechi Mutu. Photo by Jacob Cader.

Welcome to the Brown Arts Initiative


The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) seeks to cultivate creative expression and foster an interdisciplinary environment where faculty and students learn from one another and from artists and scholars in a wide range of fields across the campus and around the world. Taking full advantage of the University’s Open Curriculum, the BAI builds on Brown’s reputation as a destination for arts exploration, contributing to cultural enterprise through the integration of theory and practice, with an emphasis on innovation and discovery that results from rigorous artmaking and experimentation. Read more


We are pleased to announce our Fall 2019 Season Program, with something adventurous for every palate. Here are a few things you won't want to miss:

  • A visit to Providence by the performance artist Taylor Mac and entourage, co-presented by FirstWorks, Brown Arts Initiative and Theatre Arts & Performance Studies;
  • Our third Arts & Environment symposium entitled Terra: Art | Land | Justice, examining humanity's relationship to land through a cultural and social justice lens;
  • The return of the BAI Songwriting Series of workshops and master classes; this fall's special guest is Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles, co-sponsored with the Music Department — apply to the workshop here;
  • A 40-year retrospective by Professor of Visual Art Wendy Edwards at the Bell Gallery;
  • And many, many more!

Details about upcoming events can be found in the column to your right. Join our mailing list to stay abreast of what's to come!


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