Public Presentation

Brown Arts Initiative Public Presentation Grants emphasize the inherent contribution of arts events and performances to the cultural landscape. Funded presentations are designed to help bring new artistic work and voices to the public while engaging audiences of varied sizes and compositions. Events eligible for funding include lectures, readings, screenings, performances, concerts, panels and symposia that highlight artists and their creative practices. Integrated with arts departments and curriculum, the program benefits members of the Brown community, as well as the general public beyond Brown’s campus.

Applications are considered on a biannual basis from any permanent faculty member (tenure-track, tenured, or lecturer)^ or professional staff member* of Brown University whose assigned responsibilities include promoting ideas through the arts. (If you encounter difficulty accessing the application, please call our office at 401-863-1934 for assistance.)

     ^ Brown adjunct professors, post doctoral fellows and MFA or PhD students with teaching responsibilities are eligible to apply. However, you must be teaching at Brown for two semesters following the grant application period. In other words, if you apply in Spring 2018, you must be under contract to teach at Brown through the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.

     * Brown professional staff who are responsible for developing, producing and presenting curricular and co-curricular arts programming are eligible to apply. This includes gallery directors and curators, theater directors and the like.

Grant recipients who have received three consecutive semesters of funding through this program (previously known as the Creative Arts Council grants) must take a hiatus of one academic year before applying for additional support.

Amount and Duration of Award
Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded for either a one semester or one academic year period of use.

Criteria for Selection
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a Grants Committee that includes Brown arts faculty and staff members and an external specialist. Awards will be made based on the following:

  • Intrinsic merit of the work
  • Evidence of innovation and experimentation
  • Integration with BAI philosophy and priorities
  • Provision of a well considered and reasonable budget
  • A feasible time frame for completion

BAI supported programming will be guided, in part, by three-year themes. The theme for 2020-2023 is Remaking the Real. Proposals that support BAI thematic programming or involve interdisciplinary collaborators are encouraged.

Award Conditions
Award funds may be applied to reasonable and necessary costs of events and programs. These expenses may include: artists fees, production costs, marketing expenses and other fees that directly support the program and help to reach the intended audience. Any expenses incurred must adhere to Brown’s contract labor, purchasing and travel guidelines. Funds are available after July 1 and January 1.

Timeline and Procedure for Submitting Proposals
All applicants who plan to submit proposals must begin the application process by meeting with their department managers to review the proposed projects and budgets. This conversation is essential for departmental finances, scheduling and allotment of space. Please allow adequate time for this initial step. Proposals are submitted electronically via UFunds. Application requirements include:

  • A description of the project for which funds are requested, and a description of the intended audience
  • A list of current and potential funders
  • A project budget (submitted using the provided budget template)
  • A proposed timeline

Application Deadline and Award Notification
The BAI is accepting applications for public presentations taking place during fall 2020 or FY21. The spring 2020 funding cycle opens Jan 27, 2020 and closes Mar 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Award notifications will be made in mid-April 2020. 

Reporting Requirements
Within 30 days of the conclusion of the award period, grant recipients must complete the required final report form, which asks grant recipients to describe the work accomplished and reflect on both successful outcomes and challenges. In addition, final reports must include photo, video or other documentation for BAI promotional purposes and inclusion in the BAI archive. Provided images must conform to Brown’s Image Use Policy.  


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