Brown Arts

Artistic Innovators | Collective

A fluid group of around forty artists from across the globe who regularly engage with Brown in a variety of ways.

The Artistic Innovators Collective is a fluid group of around forty artists from across the globe who regularly engage with Brown in a variety of ways:  to push the boundaries of discipline, to teach, to work, to experiment, to safely fail and take risks, to undertake rigorous and long-term exchange with our campus and surrounding communities.

Members Collectively Value:

  • Building connections between like-minded/spirited artists and creative people
  • A slow evolution towards the formation of a meaningful, impactful entity representing the acknowledged needs and expansive dreams of artists at different levels of accomplishment
  • Mutual acknowledgment that we are complex beings navigating complex worlds, each with complex pasts and complex futures

Membership in the Artistic Innovators Collective is evolving and ongoing. Below please find a few examples of recent Innovator projects, teaching, campus research and project development. Stay tuned for more projects on the horizon!

Recent Innovator Projects

  • Murielle Borst-Tarrant headshot

    Murielle Borst-Tarrant

    Asst. Professor of the Practice Spring 2022, Spring 2023
  • William Brittelle headshot

    William Brittelle

    Artist@Work Fall 2022, Eternal September Project Development Support (Fall 2022-present)
  • Helga Davis headshot

    Helga Davis

    HELGA podcast (Season V, Season VI, 2022 - 2024)(: WNYC/WQXR/BAI collaboration)
  • Theaster Gates headshot

    Theaster Gates

    Artist@Work Pilot Spring/Fall 2022
  • Nona Hendryx headshot. She is wearing a black feathered outfit and a silver headress.

    Nona Hendryx

    Project Support for The Dream Machine Experience at Lincoln Center, Summer 2024
  • Angelique Kidjo headshot

    Angelique Kidjo

    Yemandja Project Support, Spring 2022
  • Photo of Lilly Manycolors

    Lilly Manycolors

    Youth Arts Workshop & Exhibition: Planetary Kinships; Fall 2023-Spring 2024
  • Okwui Okpokwasili headshot

    Okwui Okpokwasili

    Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Arts
  • Photo of Shey Rivera Ríos

    Shey Rivera Ríos

    LUNA LOBA Performance Incubator, Fall 2023-Spring 2024
  • Peter Sellars headshot: wearing a red shirt.

    Peter Sellars

    Project Support for recording of The Body of Reality, Spring 2023
  • Sabine Theunissen headshot

    Sabine Theunissen

    White Box (Development Residency) Summer 2023
  • Urban Bush Women danceres leaping and moving through the air

    Urban Bush Women Urban Bush Women

    SCAT! (Development Residency) Summer 2023
  • Lynnette Wallworth headshot

    Lynnette Wallworth

    Research Residency Winter 2023

Artistic Innovators Residencies

March 12-17, 2024
The prolific, multi-hyphenate artist brings her celebrated, avant-garde, and genre-bending work to campus and the Rhode Island community.
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September 2023 - July 2024
A long-term building of connections between students, faculty, surrounding communities, and a global network of artists and producers through music.
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Fall 2024
A multidimensional performance project that travels from 13th-century France to civil rights-era Selma, Alabama, to realms of existence beyond the third dimension.
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Fall 2024
A collaborative spoken-word festival project celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City
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