Our mission at the BU Arts Initiative is to ensure the integral role of the arts in the educational experience of every BU student. We support faculty, student, and staff projects, making sure the arts are deeply embedded within the cultural and intellectual fabric of the University.
- Raise the visibility of and bring recognition to the breadth and excellence of the arts at BU
- Increase student access to and engagement with the arts at BU and in the Boston area, so that BU students develop an active and participatory role in the arts as a meaningful element of their BU experience
- Support student, faculty, and staff initiatives that build community by engaging individuals in the practice of, participation in, and intellectual dialogue around art and art making
- Encourage meaningful opportunities for the BU community and the Boston area community to connect via the arts
The BU Arts Initiative also maintains regular communication with Faculty Arts Liaisons, select faculty in each college and school who encourage the integration of the arts in the curriculum and assist us in sharing information about arts programming and activities across the university.
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Our Programs & Resources
Each semester, we partner with faculty to present a significant arts event. Programming is deeply embedded in the academic mission of the university, interdisciplinary, and usually engage multiple schools and programs within the university. In addition, Signature Event programming is expected to also provide opportunities to engage community partners, and as much as possible, be free and open to the public. Faculty who partner with us to curate residencies and other significant events become Faculty Arts Fellows. The spring 2016 Signature Event is a residency with Theatre Nohgaku co-curated by 2016 Faculty ArtsAssociate Professor Carrie Preston.
The Arts Insiders Program has been created to ensure that students develop an active and participatory role in the arts as a meaningful element of your BU experience and personal, academic and social development. Here is how it works – students leaders from our Arts Council select a few exciting arts events in or around Boston each semester and students can sign up to attend free of charge. Arts Insiders is a great way for students to meet new people and explore the Boston area. Space for each event is limited so be sure to Sign up for the Arts Insiders notices which give you first dibs on upcoming trips and activities before we open them up to the general student body!
For more information please contact Jessica Firing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programming and Research Grants
Student Memberships & Discounts
We’ve made sure BU students have affordable—and in many cases free—access to the best of Boston’s art scene.
Fall Arts Fair
Each fall we coordinate an event to showcase arts programs and events at BU. Check out the participants in the Fall 2015 Arts Fair.
Faculty Programming Support
The BU Arts Initiative has several ways in which we can support faculty and arts programming in various schools and centers, including grants and marketing/promotion.
Sign up to receive an email every Thursday with a list of on campus arts events and other news for that week.
College of Arts & Sciences—Arts Now
Our partnership with CAS Writing supports the expansion of the Arts Now program, which uses the arts (currently theatre, poetry, and jazz) as topics for the teaching of writing skills.
College of Fine Arts
We partner with the College of Fine Arts on a number of initiatives and programs, including, but not limited to the MED Campus Outreach (see below), special events, art installations, conferences, performances, and workshops.
Medical Campus Outreach
Through our partnership with the Medical Campus and the College of Fine Arts, we endeavor to expand the role of the arts in the lives of patients, students, and hospital staff. For more information on the art/wellness connection, visit the Global Alliance for Arts and Health.
The BU Arts Initiative is a proud member of MASSCreative, which works with creative leaders, working artists, arts educators and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and attention necessary to build vibrant, connected, and creative communities.
Managing Director – Dr. Ty Furman
Administrative Coordinator – Sarah Collins
Graduate Assistant – Jessica Firing