Brown Arts Institute

Brown Arts Institute Announces Artist Development Grant Recipients

The Brown Arts Institute (BAI) announced today that grants totaling $10,000 were awarded to five Rhode Island-resident practicing artists in support of project development.

Originally developed in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and realizing a need to support the local community, Brown Arts Institute created an opportunity to support RI-based artists whose income has been severely impacted by the pandemic. Now in its second year, the Artist Development Grant Program seeks to support new and ongoing projects in all mediums by providing direct funding as well as physical resources and equipment available through the BAI. 

The 2021 BAI Artist Development grant recipients are:

  • Marcella Green, a socially engaged artist based in Providence;
  • Joel Orloff, an animator based in Providence; 
  • MJ Robinson, an illustrator, cartoonist, and multidisciplinary artist;
  • Shaffany Terrell, a dancer, singer and actress; 
  • Pippi Zornoza, an interdisciplinary artist working in installation, sound, performance, printmaking, communing, collecting and archiving

This year's selected recipients will join the ten-member 2020 cohort and will be invited to participate in group gatherings to meet other artists, share ideas, and build community around artistic practice.

About Brown Arts Institute
The Brown Arts Institute (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 takes full advantage of the University’s Open Curriculum and builds 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.    

The BAI comprises and integrates History of Art and Architecture; Literary Arts; Modern Culture and Media; Music; Theatre Arts and Performance Studies; Visual Art; the David Winton Bell Gallery; and Rites and Reason Theatre/Africana Studies.  


For more information, please contact Katie Vincelette, Program Manager, at