Provost’s Faculty Arts Fellows

Provost’s Faculty Arts Fellows serve as key collaborators with the BU Arts Initiative to curate and execute significant arts programming at BU. Programming should be deeply embedded in the academic mission of the university, interdisciplinary, and engage multiple schools and programs within the university. In addition, programming is expected to provide opportunities to engage community partners, and, as much as possible, be free and open to the public. If you are a faculty member at BU in any discipline, interested in collaborating with the BU Arts Initiative, please contact us.

2016 Fellow – Carrie Preston
PRESTONPreston, Associate Professor and Director of the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, worked with the BU Arts initiative to present an artist residency with Theatre Nohgaku, March 25-31, 2016. Theatre Nohgaku is an international performance group devoted to sharing the beauty and power of the classical Japanese noh drama with English speaking audiences and performers. Residency programs include classroom visits, and sessions on noh music, playwriting, and performance style. The residency culminates with performances of two pieces Sumida River, an English translation of a traditional noh performance including traditional costumes, music, and masks; and Zahdi Dates and Poppies, a world-premiere written by Preston, in noh style, exploring the trauma of war. All programs are free and open to the public. There will also be a high school matinee performance, and a panel discussion after the Wednesday performance on the arts and trauma. Residency financial co-sponsors include the Center for the Study of Asia, the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, and the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Founding Fellow (2015) – Marié Abe
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Abe, Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology of the School of Music, worked with the BU Arts Initiative to present an artist residency with the Nile Project in March of 2015. The Nile Project was conceived by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero in 2011. Their mission is to educate, inspire, and empower the citizens of the Nile basin to foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem. Through music, Nile Project musicians and staff are working to address issues of water politics and cultural conflict in the area. Residency programs included classroom visits, music demonstrations, teacher workshops, and panel discussions on water politics, and social engagement through the arts. Abe also developed and taught a spring semester course entitled “Sound, Music, and Ecology.” The residency culminated in two sold out evening performances and a matinee performance for more than 300 local middle school children. Residency co-sponsors included the BU African Studies Program, the BU School of Music, New England Foundation for the Arts, and World Music/CRASHarts. The residency was covered in the Boston Globe – a preview and a review, Public Radio International, BU Today, and the Daily Free Press.