Arts & Environment 2017-2020
The strategic plan for the arts at Brown calls for three-year programmatic themes designed to address important contemporary questions that engage faculty and students from diverse departments, as well as the greater Providence community and the general public. Programs are also intended to contribute to ongoing interchange among internationally-recognized artists, thought leaders and scholars beyond Brown. Within each theme, the BAI sponsors research, symposia, courses, exhibitions, performances, festivals, institutional collaborations and more.
In association with its March 2017 public launch, the BAI unveiled its inaugural theme of Arts & Environment. Intended for broad interpretation, thematic programming addresses topics as varied as natural and manmade landscapes, constructed environments, media ecologies, global connections, climate concerns and the like.
The first convening of the Brown Arts Initiative, re|ACT: symposium on arts and environment, brought together over 20 cutting-edge, international artists, scholars and designers to showcase the latest arts practices and research that reacts to and engages with the environment.
The second convening engages artists, scientists and researchers addressing issues that impact the polar regions, especially climate change. On April 5-6, 2018, the BAI hosts a symposium and related programming called Polar Opposites: Creative Interventions in the Arctic and Antarctica, held at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts on Brown's campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Polar Opposites is part of a larger university initiative entitled WeatherProof: Arts, Humanities and Sciences Explore the Environment. During April 2018, five programs at Brown have partnered to examine pressing environmental issues. All programs are free and open to the public; some require advance registration.