The Granoff Center is able to host event receptions in several locations. Receptions may be held in:

  • Lower Lobby—level 1 off the Angell Street entrance
  • Studios 1 S410, Englander Studio N420, Kooper Studio N430
  • Cohen Gallery | Upper Lobby—for gallery-related receptions only
  • Living Rooms—for event overflow

If you would like to hold a reception at the Granoff Center, please include the proposed date and time for your reception in your Space Request Form for the related event. If back of house space is required for catering, please be sure to note this on the form.

General Reception Information

Please note the following in planning an event at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts:

  • The Granoff Center is a dry facility for student events—alcohol is not permitted.

  • The Granoff Center does not have on site-refrigeration or kitchen facilities.

  • Placement of food, registration or material tables may not block egress paths, and must be approved by BAI staff.

  • Any food or drink served at receptions should be sourced from either Brown Dining Services or an authorized Brown First vendor.

  • Any non-student event serving alcohol must also have a server present.

  • Sterno (unless provided by Dining Services or a Brown First vendor) and live flame are strictly prohibited.

  • The Granoff Center does not provide tables, chairs or tablecloths—you will need to secure these services through Brown Facilities Management, as well as make arrangements for room set-up and breakdown.

  • A custodial clean is required for any event that serves food. Arrangements can be made directly with Facilities Management.

  • Copies of all catering and service orders must be shared with BAI staff so that we know what deliveries and pick-ups to expect surrounding your reception.

  • Delivery and pick-up times should be coordinated with BAI staff. Deliveries to the Granoff Center should be met by the event organizer or a designee.

  • When using space in the Granoff Center for a reception, please be mindful of the artwork that is on display. Moving any of the displayed artwork is strictly prohibited.

  • Decorations and postering must be approved by BAI staff during the required pre-event production meeting.

Lower Lobby
The majority of the receptions held at the Granoff Center take place in the Lower Lobby. While this space functions well as a location to host receptions and openings, we ask that you please be aware of a few minor limitations:

  • Availability of the Lower Lobby as a reception space is dependent on the exhibit or installation in the lobby area.
  • The Lower Lobby can accommodate a maximum of 100 people (depending on the current installation). Any pre- or post-event receptions for audiences larger than 100 should be held elsewhere.

  • Table placement and furniture arrangement must be approved by BAI staff.

  • We discourage guests from placing tables underneath the second-floor catwalk, as debris from above may fall through the grating of the catwalk on to reception tables.

Studio 1 | Englander Studio | Kooper Studio
The three production studios make excellent reception locations, as they are large, bright and contained spaces. The availability of these spaces for receptions is dependent on the course schedule.

Upper Lobby | Cohen Gallery
Receptions in the upper lobby are only available as overflow for events and openings occurring in the Cohen Gallery. As the Upper Lobby is the main egress path, it must be kept clear of tables and crowds. The Cohen Gallery is not generally available for non-exhibition related receptions. Approval of Cohen Gallery receptions is dependent on the exhibition schedule. Groups wishing to make exhibitions in the Cohen Gallery available to their guests outside of regular gallery operating hours may request special permission. The event host will be charged a student guard fee of $20/hr.

Living Rooms
Living Rooms may be used for event overflow. Scheduling is dependent on the size and location of the reception’s event, as well as the concurrent use of surrounding spaces. Requests for Living Room space will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please be aware that the Granoff Center is not a nut free environment.


Granoff Center

Brown University
154 Angell Street, Providence, RI

Mailing Address

Brown University
Campus Box 1987
Providence, RI, 02912