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Interdisciplinary Arts Programming Grants

September 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Interdisciplinary Arts Programming Grants Application

  • It is important that you read & understand the criteria and priorities (see: Projects that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
  • for example: arts and politics, arts and health care, arts and technology, arts and gender studies.
  • This is the office to which funds will be transferred.
  • • Brief (max. 300 words) description of the project. Include details on the interdisciplinary nature of the project, collaborations, and BU values and priorities.
  • • max. 300 words
  • Please tell us where your project will take place.
  • Maximum request is $2,000. We will not fund more than half of a proposed project.
  • Please list any partnering organizations, schools, colleges, etc. (highly encouraged) and their involvement, including specific funding numbers.
  • Please describe your targeted constituents, how many, and what you hope they will gain from engaging with this project.
  • Please describe how you intend to reach and secure participants.
  • How will you assess the project's success?
  • Please speak with your department administrator for these numbers. Required for transfer of funds, if your proposal is approved. **Not required for SAO student groups.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, xls, doc.
    Include your full budget with both income and expenditures

Mia’s Musings – October 15, 2012

October 15th, 2012 in Mia Cross, Uncategorized 0 comments

by Mia Cross (CFA ’14)obamaromney

More street art! Pretty cool huh? Did you register to vote?



Last night I went to Brecht on Brecht, a play put on by the College of Fine Arts Theatre department. These shows are quite spectacular and best of all they are free! The actors love the support, so you should go check it out!



If you have walked past the GSU on Thursdays from 11 to 3 you must have noticed the beautiful farmer’s market! The market will be running until October 25th.  Take a look at this link to see where all the farmers have traveled from to deliver you their delicious products!



BU Central hosts tons of free events that will truly enrich your college experience. Because life is cooler underground.


On Saturday October 13th the Photographic Resource Center 2012 Benefit Auction will take place in the 808 Gallery. You don’t have to buy the art to support local artists, just take a spin through the gallery and look, appreciate, and think.

Jonathan Brenner: BU On Broadway’s Man in Black

May 10th, 2012 in Uncategorized 0 comments

For nearly every BU On Broadway production since 2009 that you may have attended, there was probably a familiar face, either in the pit or welcoming you in the lobby. He was most likely wearing all black (indicating both his professionalism as conductor/musician and his personal wardrobe choice) or perhaps, in the case of one very special night of The Producers, in lederhosen.

This man is Jonathan Brenner, a graduating senior from the College of Fine Arts. Jonathan has been involved in the BU theatre community from day one as a freshman. Since working on Hair in the spring of 2009 as assistant musical director, he has served as the music director for a BU On Broadway mainstage virtually every semester. The list includes:

  • The Rocky Horror Show (Fall 2009)
  • Seussical (Spring 2010)
  • Rent (Fall 2010)
  • Sweeney Todd (Spring 2011)
  • The Producers (Fall 2011)
  • Spring Awakening (Spring 2012)

In addition, he has various credits as a pit musician for Stage Troupe and BU On Broadway productions.

In his four years with BU On Broadway, Jonathan has brought the group to a level of quality that is unimaginable. After his countless hours of teaching, vocal coaching, pit rehearsing, conducting, and not to mention his time on the executive board as both Membership Vice President and Secretary, it was no surprise when Jonathan was awarded “Most Valuable Senior” at On Broadway’s end-of-the-year banquet.

On top of his involvements with BU On Broadway, this lover of fierce belting is a Dean’s List student in the School of Music, majoring in composition and theory. His compositions are always a genuine treat to experience, and this Friday, Jonathan’s senior recital will take place in the CFA Concert Hall. The intimate evening will showcase his musical theatre pieces in a cabaret-style performance, and in the words of Jonathan himself, “will feature mainly people who can belt their faces off.”

In the midst of his preparations, Jonathan was kind enough to answer a few questions:

RM: When did your love for the piano and musical theatre begin?

JB: My love for piano began when I became jealous that my sister was taking piano lessons, so I took them also! My love for musical theatre began at birth… my mother was singing show tunes to me ever since I can remember.

RM: How have you grown from freshman year to now, after music directing so many productions?

JB: It has been a pleasure having the privilege of music directing the amount of shows I have with On Broadway. I have grown as a musician, leader, and creative thinker because of the experiences I have had.

RM: Who are you inspired by as a composer?

JB: As a composer I am inspired by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods, et al.) above all others. His ingenious lyrics coupled with intricate melodies have created hundreds of songs which are nothing short of masterpieces.

RM: How would you describe your musical style?

JB: Although I don’t consider myself first and foremost as a composer, I would say that my style is of the modern musical theatre genre with a pop/jazz influence.

RM: What is the inspiration/source material for some of your compositions?

JB: My favorite way to write a song is to pick someone whose voice I know well and am inspired by. Then I like to create a specific character, and write a song for that character with that voice.

RM: Outside of your studies and BU On Broadway, you also work for My College Audition, a company that prepares high school students for their auditions into musical theatre programs across the country. Can you describe your involvement with this organization?

JB: Working with the My College Audition team has been a pleasure and a great way to improve my skills as a vocal coach. The company helps dozens of high school students achieve their collegiate dreams in the field of musical theatre.

RM: What can attendees expect on May 11?

JB: They can expect a casual and entertaining hour of new music, and wine!

“A Whole Lot of Love,” composed by Jonathan Brenner, during a 2011 Concert of Student Works. Featuring Soloist Tavia Merchant (CFA 2012), Colleen Martorano (COM 2013), Janette Martinez (CFA 2013), Sarah Jill Bashein (CAS 2011), Mia Sommese (CAS 2013), Fiona Bryson (CAS 2013), and Jillian Angelone (CAS 2011).

Jonathan’s senior recital will take place Friday, May 11, at 8:30 in the Concert Hall on the first floor of the College of Fine Arts, located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue.

Ryan McPhee (COM 2012) Indulging in art on the stage, in the kitchen, and everywhere in between. @mchadoaboutryan

Thesis The End

May 7th, 2012 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Last Friday was the School of Visual Arts Senior Thesis Opening. I regularly attend shows at the 808 Gallery, but this show, for obvious reasons, was near and dear to my heart. Starting Monday last week, the senior sculptors, graphic designers, printmakers and painters of BU began hauling their work over from the College of Fine Arts to 808 Comm Ave to begin assembling the show.

thesisWe began the laborious process of arranging and installing the show. Each of us had work we were proud of, but sharing the space with nearly 60 of our peers, we all had to learn to compromise. With so many unique pieces of work and so many different points of view, color palettes, and perspectives, I shouldn’t have been surprised that many of us were putting the final touches together the day of the opening.

The sweat, tears, and bruises from the miscalculated swings of our hammers were well worth it. Standing in the crowded gallery space Friday night with our families (both biological and acquired), friends, educators, and mentors, filled me with a welcome mixture of nostalgia and pride. I couldn’t help but remember four years ago when I met my classmates in our very first Drawing Foundations class and we all recoiled in horror upon learning we would only be allowed to use pencils for an entire semester. I also remember a time when we studied ourselves silly while trying to memorize medieval altarpieces for our art history final. And our first critique. How we learned to stretch canvases together. And how we ultimately selected our majors and never looked back.

The Senior Thesis Show was our last chance to look back.

Now that the trance of the show has been lifted, I look forward towards our last couple of weeks as Terriers. Congratulations to the School of Visual Arts Class of 2012. I wish my peers luck, joy, success and creativity.

Arielle (CFA ’12) has two simple missions in life: paint and create. She is a self-proclaimed tea snob, an avid people watcher, a critic, and the keeper of useless movie trivia. Want her to check out your event? Don’t be shy! Contact her via Twitter — @brembles

Notes on Healing

May 1st, 2012 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Want to know about a group of doctors that put Grey’s Anatomy to shame?

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra, established in 1982, is a collective of surgeons, nurses, psychiatrists, med students, doctors, and medical practitioners who spend their leisure time making beautiful music. This orchestra, however, goes far beyond a hobby as most of them have found a strong correlation between music and medicine.

scalesPresident of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Lisa Wong gave a presentation to my class this week to share that connection. She told us that the study practices of music and medicine are nearly identical. First, you learn the basics. For music, you have to learn how to read notes and practicd scales. In medicine, you start with biology and anatomy. You study every note, every fact and detail and “seek an elegant solution.” Playing music affects the hearts, minds, and souls of the listeners while medicine does exactly the same for patients.

The orchestra performs four concerts a year to support and raise awareness for health-related nonprofit organizations and has raised over $1 million to date for 38 different organizations. Dr. Wong said that often times, these performances go beyond simple cathartic celebrations and fundraising. She told us about a time when the orchestra performed for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Foundation. During the show, they realized the energy in the hall was unlike most shows they had played because it was the first time donors, trustees, and staff for the foundation had ever been in the same room as their clients. It was their music that got them together to share in a communal night of healing and common ground.

Dr. Wong has compiled her experiences into a critically acclaimed book that was released just this past month. “Scales to Scalpels” delves into the research she has done to find the link between music and medicine as well as her own tales of healing through music after some of her most disheartening days as a pediatrician.

Arielle (CFA ’12) has two simple missions in life: paint and create. She is a self-proclaimed tea snob, an avid people watcher, a critic, and the keeper of useless movie trivia. Want her to check out your event? Don’t be shy! Contact her via Twitter — @brembles

Middle School Students Raise their Voices from the Middle

May 1st, 2012 in Uncategorized 0 comments

On Thursday, April 26, I attended the performance of two plays by Donald McKay Elementary Students, as part of Voices from the Middle, a program run by the Community Service Center. Voices from the Middle (VFM) sends volunteers to middle schools to help young students improve self-esteem and confidence levels. The volunteers achieve this by assisting the students as they write, produce, and perform original plays that depict the challenges they face as urban youth.

While attending the performance by the 8th graders at the Student Theater at Agganis Arena, I couldn’t help but notice the energy that volunteer Alec Nicholson (CAS 2012) exuded as he wildly cheered on the students from the back of the light booth. He may not have noticed himself, but his smile was ear-to-ear the entire night. Since this year’s running theme has been theatre as a medium for social impact, I wanted to ask Alec a few questions about his experience with Voices from the Middle, and he was kind enough to chat.

RM: How did you first become involved with Voices from the Middle with the CSC?
AN: I got involved with VFM in the spring 2009 – second semester of freshmen year – and have participated consistently since then, except while abroad during my junior year.

RM: Once arriving at the schools, what sort of involvement do volunteers have in the production of these student plays?

AN: We spend a lot of time working on confidence-building and group cohesion to facilitate conversations about the issues that come up. The students know during the first semester that they will eventually be working on plays, but we don’t start writing until second semester. This year we asked the students to choose how they wanted to participate – as writers, actors, costume designers, props teams, stage managers, producers, et cetera. We lead some brainstorming sessions to get basic elements agreed upon – theme and topic – and then let the writers take over, leading focus groups and getting further input from their peers. The writers did all the writing, so the plays are truly their own.

RM: I was taken aback by the very strong, aggressive themes these students’ plays tackled: homosexuality, bullying, suicide, substance abuse and abuse from other kids. Do you find that the students find it easier to deal with these themes through the lens of theatre and writing?

AN: Ideally that is what we would like to accomplish – facilitating a dialogue about important issues in their lives, and helping them think creatively about how to address them and live with them – but our time with them is very short. We visit their school once a week and get about 45 minutes with each class, but with our various breaks and holidays and theirs as well, it doesn’t work out to be that many visits in the end. With more time we would be able to really flesh out the problems and how they really impact their lives, but the playwriting process ends up taking up so much time that outside of rehearsal we have very little time to do this important part of the program justice.

RM: What other types of issues have students’ plays illustrated in the past?

AN: The most common issues addressed are peer pressure (bullying and gangs), substance use, and family problems. They’re middle-schoolers, after all, so their plays are almost always about social pressures of some kind or another.

RM: Can you describe any particular experience you’ve had while working with these students that illustrates why you chose to be a part of this program?

AN: The students try to play it cool and seem disinterested for much of the semester – many of them, anyway – but by the time they come to campus to perform they are literally buzzing with excitement. Seeing them up on stage performing and presenting their own play in their own production is one of the most rewarding things I have ever experienced. Their confidence, creativity, and maturity make me incredibly proud.

RM: If BU students want to be involved with Voices From the Middle in the future, how can they go about doing so?

AN: Anyone interested in volunteering with this wonderful program should email Ana Aguilera at!

Congratulations to Alec, and to VFM’s other volunteers:
Ana Aguilera (Program Manager)
Mariya Chulichkova
Jess Couture
John Dolan
Jimmy Ikeda
Brennah Montague

Ryan McPhee (COM 2012) Indulging in art on the stage, in the kitchen, and everywhere in between. @mchadoaboutryan

All Shall Know the Wonder: BU On Broadway Presents Spring Awakening

April 30th, 2012 in Uncategorized 0 comments

spring awakeningEarlier this month, BU On Broadway rounded out its spectacular 2011-2012 with the groundbreaking rock musical Spring Awakening, by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. The musical, having premiered on Broadway in 2006, depicts the suppressed sexual and moral teachings of a teenage society. Themes including homosexuality, abuse, rape, and violence are explored, and although the actions of the play take place in 19th century Germany, the musical effectively parallels this framework within modern society.

I could not have been more honored to end my producing days with BU student theatre and this production. I was absolutely a Spring Awakening groupie in high school, and while my musical theatre taste has expanded in the past few years, this show was a catalyst for the discovery of many other favorite shows.

Because of how recently Spring Awakening played Broadway, and how popular it was, it is hard to deny that there is some attachment to certain elements of the original production: the use of hand mics, period costumes, and a brick wall with all sorts of neon lights and artifacts. I was admittedly skeptical when BU On Broadway first announced the show, as I wasn’t sure of how directors Kat Pernicone (CAS 2013) and Mia Sommese (CAS 2013) would adapt the show through their own directorial vision. However, after hearing more about their interpretation, sitting in on rehearsals, and finally seeing the show in Tsai, I must commend the two (as well as Musical Director Jonathan Brenner, CFA 2012, and Assistant Musical Director John Baublitz, CFA 2015) on creating a production so distinctive—one that showed an appreciation for the original while maintaining clear individuality.

Of the many strengths of this production, I was extremely impressed by the vocal power of the small 13-person cast. Spring Awakening marks Jonathan Brenner’s last show as musical director with On Broadway, and what a show to end on. Every cast member shined in their solos and blended beautifully on the ensemble numbers (the finale, “The Song of Purple Summer,” was particularly breathtaking, complete with an a cappella final verse). Joe Reed (CAS 2014) deserves a special shout-out, who left the audience screaming his name after his riff-filled solo as Georg in “Touch Me.” There were certain embellishments to the score, likely crafted by Jonathan, that aided in setting the vocals of the cast apart from those of productions past.

The Cast of Spring Awakening Performs “Touch Me”, Photo: Amanda Friedman

The Cast of Spring Awakening Performs “Touch Me”, Photo: Amanda Friedman

Jessie Torrance (CAS 2015,) Jack Moriarty (CAS 2014,) and Austin Pohlen (CGS 2014), Photo: Amanda Friedman

Jessie Torrance (CAS 2015,) Jack Moriarty (CAS 2014,) and Austin Pohlen (CGS 2014), Photo: Amanda Friedman

Also particularly effective was Mia Sommese’s choreography. Mia displayed an understanding that with a show this intimate, a certain fluid, evocative movement style is needed to convey the emotions of the characters. At no point did the numbers appear over-choreographed, a deceivingly challenging accomplishment. Still, the movement was very honest to the moment or emotion it sought to illustrate.

Lastly, I’d love to commend Kat and Mia on tackling this aggressive and progressive show, and for depicting the controversial material the show contains with a respect and passion that this show requires. After having seen the original production an unmentionable amount of times, this production was incredibly refreshing, and I found myself seeing characters in ways I never had done before—a result not just of spectacular performances, but solid direction and vision.

Ryan McPhee (COM 2012) Indulging in art on the stage, in the kitchen, and everywhere in between. @mchadoaboutryan

Mia’s Weekly Art Enrichment Guide

April 30th, 2012 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Enhance your BU experience by getting out there and delving into the arts. An event a day, to keep the monotony away.

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday April 30th

On Monday night, Speak for Yourself, BU’s spoken word collective, will present The Whirlwind Company. Celebrate National Poetry Month with Write Bloody authors Brian Ellis, Jon Sandre, Mindy Nettiffe, and Mike McGee. The show will start at 8:00 and run until 10:00 pm. It will be located in CAS 522. Check out this video from last year when Speak for Yourself performed a flash mob of poetry in the GSU.

Tuesday May 1st

Who is cooler than Shakespeare? Dr. Freeze comes close, but not close enough. So that being said, you should definitely come to Shakespeare’s Songs: A Lecture & Concerta. The lecture will be given by Christopher Ricks, followed by a concert of songs, with Dana Whiteside on baritone, and James Johnson on piano. The show starts at 8:00 and ends at 9:00 pm. It is located at Ruggles Church, 874 Beacon St (South Campus, across from the Elephant Walk). To be there or not to be there…be there, there’s really no question about it.

Wednesday May 2nd

This Wednesday in the Huntington Theatre there will be a performance entitled Mary’s Wedding. Canadian playwright Stephen Massicotte’s “dream play” weaves a tender story of first love and the uncertainties of fate. On the eve of her wedding, Mary’s dreams reveal her vivid imagination and the history of her romance with Charlie, from their first magical encounter in a thunderstorm and their shared love of horseback riding to their separation in the War to End All Wars. The show will be at 7:30 and the approximate running time is 90 minutes. The BU Theatre is located at 264 Huntington Ave. Come check it out!

regenerationThursday May 3rd

This Thursday at 7:30 there will be a free screening of the award-winning documentary film, #ReGENERATION. It explores the galvanizing forces behind the Occupy Movement and the state of social activism in our society. The film takes an uncompromising look at the challenges facing today’s youth and young adults as they attempt to engage on a myriad of social and political issues. The showing will be at AMC Harvard Square 5.

Friday May 4th

This Friday at 6:00pm is the Opening Reception for BFA Exhibitions. This means you get to see a lot of wonderful art for free! Ever passed by the 808 gallery and had the notion you wanted to go in, but were too intimidated? Well don’t be! All of the senior artists work very hard so that people can come appreciate their work (including our own Arielle Bremby cough cough). Also there will be food and wine, so now it really seems like a no-brainer to go.

Saturday May 5th

All Saturday the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) Bookshop will have books for sale from their past exhibitions and lectures for Bargain Book Week! Help raise money for Aaron Siskind Library, one of the most comprehensive photography libraries in New England, by participating in this week’s Bargain Books event. There will be a 20% discount on all new photography books. Older titles and library duplicates are sold at prices as low as $1. The PRC also has a number of past issues of photography magazines available for free. There will also be a Bargain Books Drawing. Spend $10 to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Frame Gallery gift certificate. Check out this link for information .

Mia Cross (CFA 2014) can typically be found painting, sculpting, singing, hoarding or thrifting for things she doesn’t need. She usually visits bookstores just to see the cats. You should ask her to play you in ping-pong, imitate Marcel the Shell, or sew holes in your shirts. Contact her on twitter @artsliveatbu

Take Credit

April 26th, 2012 in Uncategorized 0 comments

Enjoy the arts and have a few credits to spare next semester? Did you know that there are dozens of classes related to the arts all around campus open to non-majors? Check these out and make the arts a part of your semester.

COM JO5O4 Arts Criticism

This is a class I highly recommend. I took it on a whim trying to revisit my childhood obsession with movie reviews. This course breaks down the art of criticism and the psychology behind biases. Each lesson provides an opportunity for practice. My year, our class made a trip to see a production of Hair. As you can imagine, having a room full of critics breeds lively and passionate discourse on topics from celebrity profiling, the Oscars, and our culture at large. You also get a chance to hash out your differences with some of Boston’s most renowned critics.

CFA AR418 Glassblowing

If you saw the MFA’s Chihuly Exhibition last year and wondered just how it’s done, try a course at Diablo Glass. The course is broken down, week by week, and offers introductions and practice in the different glass techniques. Glassblowing, lampworking (also known as bead making), fusing, slumping, casting, and stained glass are all introduced in the beginning part of the semester. After developing your skill set and studying the sculptural elements of glass, your final invites solo experimentation in the technique of your choice.

CFA AR521 Site Specific Art

This course is designed for anyone interested in the process of art commissions. Through teamwork and professional development, students learn how to infiltrate public and private spaces with art by negotiating contracts and logistics with clients.

CFA MU119 Music Appreciation

Without having to know the intricate, technical knowledge and language of music, this course explores music in a cultural context, analyzes often-familiar masterpieces, and emphasizes the music experience as a whole.

Music Lessons

By searching “CFA MU” on the University Class Schedule, you can check out the dozens of courses offered to the BU Community. Woodwinds, jazz ensemble, group piano, guitar, even voice are offered. Some of them come with studio fees, but if you’ve been itching to pull out that guitar you brought all the way from home (which currently lives under your bed), sign up and fine tune your skills.

CFA TH120 Acting and Performing

Using the same instruction as the School of Theater, get a chance to learn from the greats. If acting has always been a passion and you want to brush up on your skills and techniques before trying out for a production with Stage Troupe or BU on Broadway, take this 4 credit class. If nothing else, this course will, without a doubt, give you a better appreciation for the performing arts.

Arielle (CFA ’12) has two simple missions in life: paint and create. She is a self-proclaimed tea snob, an avid people watcher, a critic, and the keeper of useless movie trivia. Want her to check out your event? Don’t be shy! Contact her via Twitter — @brembles

Colorful Friendships, Colorful Futures

April 24th, 2012 in Uncategorized 0 comments

The Master of Fine Arts Program at CFA is a two-year program. For the first half of my four years in CFA, I mostly met graduate students through their roles, as teacher’s assistants. They seemed to be a blur of faces that revolved in and out of the doors. My last half of my time in CFA couldn’t have been more different.

Being in the classrooms and working side-by-side with grad students gave my classmates and me a chance to get to know them, their styles, and their stories. Our professors, in particular, encouraged us this year to attend their weekly individual artist talks and mid-review critiques. This year was a golden opportunity for us to gain more insight into their artistic processes. The cross communication between the graduate students and the undergrad upperclassmen opened a door that most of us had only previously dared to peek through. This year, I saw my TAs and grad student classmates more as peers and friends that I could seek advice or support from. We could speak candidly to each other about the program, our plans, and the best beer bars in Boston. This mutual respect led to spontaneous graduate studio visits where we were encouraged to ask questions and take notes.

All last week, I eagerly sought out the second-year grad students, asking them how their show was coming together. Even through their blinding exhaustion, their excitement was obvious. Their energy rubbed off and spread like wildfire. Last Friday I found myself counting down the hours until the opening at the 808 Gallery.

I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was that the gallery was more crowded than I had seen it in previous years. The entire graduate program’s husbands, wives, parents, friends, and children were there—every face as animated and curious as the next. The art language I’ve developed from my Art History Minor and the stories I’ve been told from the grad students themselves played out so vividly in this show.

However, as I slowly examined every square inch of canvas of each painting and every textured plane of each sculpture, I noticed that new stories began to unfold. Each piece began to reveal what’s next for this new generation of artists and the art world as a whole.

The show will end at the end of this month so stop into the Fuller Gallery at 808 Commonwealth Avenue as soon as you can to see the forecast for the world of contemporary art. The MFA Thesis Exhibition is free and open to the public.


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Arielle (CFA ’12) has two simple missions in life: paint and create. She is a self-proclaimed tea snob, an avid people watcher, a critic, and the keeper of useless movie trivia. Want her to check out your event? Don’t be shy! Contact her via Twitter — @brembles