About the Brown Arts Initiative
The arts teach an essential form of imaginative thinking, so vital for the future of innovation in our world. The interdisciplinary programs of the Brown Arts Initiative will advance research, culture and science to inform new ways of questioning, collaborating and seeing, and make Brown a national leader in experimental arts practice and scholarship.
—Joseph Butch Rovan, BAI Faculty Director
Launched in FY2017, the Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) builds on over a decade of work fostered by the Creative Arts Council and represents the full breadth of the performing, literary and visual arts at Brown. The goals of the Brown Arts Initiative are:
- To expand Brown’s legacy of enriching tradition by supporting all that is experimental, forward-thinking and cutting-edge in the arts.
- To facilitate greater opportunity for collaboration across arts departments, among artists, with other academic fields, and with external partners locally, nationally and globally.
- To enhance opportunities for engaged, activist artists and scholars whose work responds to contemporary issues.
The BAI’s vision as an incubator for new work in both traditional and experimental art and media is outlined in the executive summary of A New Plan for the Arts at Brown, adopted in June 2016. In concert with the BrownTogether capital campaign, this plan for calls for the expansion of academic and co-curricular programs, with an emphasis on cross-departmental and pan-institutional collaboration. The plan also substantiates increased resources for students and faculty, including new professors of the practice, prominent working artists or arts specialists who will engage with the University over a period of up to five years working alongside students in the classroom or studio while also continuing their own professional pursuits. In addition, the plan emphasizes enhancing partnerships with local, national and international organizations, as well as upgrading existing facilities and constructing a signature new performing arts center to centrally locate the arts on campus.