The BU Arts Initiative is a nationally recognized program that works to ensure the integral role of the arts in the educational experience of every BU student.
We build student engagement in the arts through highly visible, faculty-driven, global, inclusive, and interdisciplinary programming that fosters collaboration with the greater Boston community.
- 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
- Deepen integration of the arts into the curriculum and faculty development of high quality, interdisciplinary, inclusive arts programming
- Support 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
For more information about the BU Arts Initiative’s programming and impact, see our past annual reports.
While we collaborate and partner with many offices and departments across the university for specific programs, there are a few offices whose vision and priorities align more thoroughly with ours and with whom we frequently collaborate and consult; those include: Diversity and Inclusion, The Wellbeing Project, and Innovate@BU. Check out the fantastic work of each of these programs.
Signature events and Residencies
Each semester, we partner with faculty to present signature arts events. These events are planned in full partnership with the faculty, and programming is deeply embedded in the academic mission of the university, interdisciplinary, and usually engage multiple schools and programs within the university. Many of our signature events take the form of artist residencies. Often faculty who partner with us to curate residencies a become Provost Faculty Arts Fellows.
Programming and Research Grants
BU Global Music Festival
The BU Global Music Festival is annual celebration of musical cultures around the world featuring high-caliber, international artists as well as vibrant local musical communities, bringing the wider musical world to the doorstep of thousands of students, adults, young people, and families throughout the Boston area.
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, including FREE access to the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard Art Museums and the Institute of Contemporary Art, as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra (when open and available).
Fall Arts Fair
Each fall we coordinate an event to showcase arts programs and events at BU. Check out the participants from this Fall’s 2020 Arts Fair on Friday, September 4th from 11am-1pm.
Every year we bring over 3 dozen Boston area arts organizations, BU programs and BU student groups together to share their programming and involve students in the arts on & off campus.
Weekly Arts at BU Notices
Sign up to receive an email every Wednesday night with a list of on campus arts events and other news for Thursday through the following Sunday. That is 10-days of events for you to check out on BU’s campus and beyond!
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 our Graduate Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Faculty and Staff Support and Discounts
Exhibition and Performance Opportunities
Check out the variety of opportunities for student musicians and student, faculty, staff, and alumni visual art exhibitions.
Public Art at BU
Boston University is proud to be the home of more than two dozen public art installations, including one of our newest installations from Carson Fox, as well as work from noted Chilean Sculptor Sergio Castillo, Alum Russel Jacques, mason Edward Monti, and sculptor and photographer Gregg Lefevre.
Check out our Public Art page to explore temporary and permanent work on each of BU’s campuses.
College of Arts & Sciences—Boston Now
Our partnership with CAS Writing supports the expansion of the Boston Now program, which includes a number of courses that use the arts as topics for the teaching of writing skills.
Managing Director: Dr. Ty Furman
Assistant Director: Sarah Collins
Administrative Coordinator: Dot Welsh
Graduate Assistant: Cam Lane
Graphic Designer: Ashlie Dawkins
Office Assistants: Montiah Norton and Laurren Henning