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Brown Arts Initiative Introduces New Grant Program, The David Dornstein ’85 Artist Grant

The grant provides $50,000 annually to graduating seniors and graduate students who will be eligible for awards of up to $25,000 to aid exceptional creative experiences and research opportunities that might not be available elsewhere on campus.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) has announced a new grant program, The David Dornstein ’85 Artist Grant. The grant will award $50,000 annually with graduating seniors and graduating graduate students eligible to apply for up to $25,000.

The program, established to honor the creative legacy of David Dornstein ’85, is designed to create new energy and life around the arts at Brown University that will carry over each year by providing resources for exceptional and unique projects that serve as a “next step” for graduating seniors or graduate students. The award scope includes original artistic projects or creative research that would benefit from extended time or extended opportunity for travel, project design or costs or experiences.

“The spirited and creative legacy of David Dornstein invites us to support and sustain the vision of Brown students at a critical moment in their creative journey — that time of transition where the pressures of the world can compete with their inner voices and desire for artistic, creative, and intellectual adventure,” said Thalia Field, Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Creative Writing and Faculty Director of the BAI.

Applications will be available on UFunds and will open on Tuesday, January 12 with a deadline of Monday, February 15. Selected applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee in March, with final award decisions made in early spring. This is a unique opportunity for students to receive funding for exceptional creative experiences and research that might not be available elsewhere on campus.

About Brown Arts Initiative
The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) at Brown University 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. A consortium of six arts departments and two programs that encompass the performing, literary and visual arts, the BAI works collaboratively to enhance curricular and co-curricular offerings, directly engage students with prominent artists working in all genres and media, and supports a diverse program of concerts, performances, exhibitions, screenings, lectures and symposia each year. The BAI seeks to build on Brown’s reputation as a destination for arts exploration, contributing to cultural enterprise through the integration of theory, practice, and scholarship with an emphasis on innovation and discovery that results from rigorous artmaking and experimentation. For more information, see


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