Ayana Evans, Operation Catsuit, 2019. Photo by Tsedaye Makonnen.
Andrew Schneider - Photo by Maria Baranova
Court Painters, detail of Festival for Longevity, Scroll 2, 1799. Courtesy of Palace Museum, Beijing.

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 Spring 2020 Season Program with lots to inspire every interest and inclination. Here are some highlights:

  • A performance by choreographer Michelle Ellsworth of some of her acclaimed pieces that combine science, technology, carpentry and dance;
  • The continuation of the BAI Songwriting Series of workshops and master classes, with Rhode Island hip hop artist Chachi Carvalho and his band, The International Players;
  • A presentation of YOUARENOWHERE by OBIE Award-winning creator and performer Andrew Schneider, a BAI professor of the practice;
  • An exhibition about the career of RI native and skyscraper architect Raymond Hood (1881-1934);
  • And much, much more!

A digital version of our spring brochure is available for download here, and details about upcoming events can be found in the column to the right. Join our mailing list to stay abreast of what's to come!


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