Recommendations for the Design of a BU Arts Initiative

March 30th, 2012

From: Arts Initiative Planning Group
Kenn Elmore, Dean of Students
Tom Fiedler, Dean of the College of Communication
Nicole Hawkes, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives
Robert Hill, Dean of Marsh Chapel
Benjamín Juárez, Dean of the College of Fine Arts
Virginia Sapiro, Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

In September 2011, our planning group was charged with developing a vision of the scope and organization for a University-wide Arts Initiative that draws upon the strength of our academic and professional programs, recognizes and improves the visibility of the University’s broad array of existing arts-related activities, and enhances access to and involvement with the arts campus-wide. During the past six months, and with the advice of faculty, staff, and students around the university, we have been deeply engaged in conversations to explore the conceptual, practical and aspirational dimensions of the effort as well as to outline an initial framework for full-scale launch of the BU Arts Initiative within one year – by Spring 2013. We strongly believe that BU has the potential for building a unique, strong, visible signature in the creative arts that reaches across the campus and the city, serving the entire Boston University community. We are pleased to present our reflections and recommendations for your consideration.

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