The Brown Arts Institute is a recently formed university-wide research enterprise and catalyst for the arts at Brown that creates new work and supports, amplifies, and adds new dimensions to the creative practices of Brown’s arts departments, faculty, students, and community. Through year-round programming, research-focused courses, initiatives, collaborations, and partnerships, along with rigorous artistic and academic programs, the BAI commissions and presents new work on campus, across Providence, and beyond, from students, faculty, and on-campus arts groups, as well as in collaboration with forward-focused visiting artists and other performing arts organizations.
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 art-making and experimentation.
The Brown Arts Institute builds on over two decades of work fostered by the Creative Arts Council (1999 - 2015) and the Brown Arts Initiative (2016 - 2021) and represents the full breadth of the performing, literary, and visual arts at Brown. Building on this strong history of interdisciplinary work in the arts, the BAI aims to achieve the following goals:
Support Brown's core arts departments: Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre, History of Art and Architecture, Literary Arts, Modern Culture and Media, Music, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, and Visual Art
Expand Brown’s artistic legacy by supporting work that is experimental, forward-thinking, and on the cutting edge
Exemplify and promote a unified artistic and academic program that fosters the education of artists and scholars whose work embodies the transformational power of the arts to address critical issues facing society
Facilitate greater opportunity for collaboration across academic departments and campus units, among artists, and with external partners locally, nationally, and globally
Position Brown as a home for future generations of high-achieving students, award-winning scholars, multidisciplinary artists, leaders of equitable and diverse cultural institutions, and highly trained arts industry workers