The Brown Arts Institute (BAI) cultivates creative expression and fosters 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.
The BAI is home to six academic arts departments plus the David Winton Bell Gallery and Africana/Rites and Reason Theatre. 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:
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