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 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
The BU Arts Initiative is a proud member of…
Our Programs & Resources
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.
Wheelock Family Theatre
Wheelock Family Theatre (WFT) at Boston University is an award-winning, professional theatre committed to producing inclusive and accessible shows that provide a shared experience for families. WFT also runs a year-round, dynamic education program for students from pre-K to grade 12 that teaches theatre skills connected to overall child development..
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.
Fall Arts Fair
Each fall we coordinate an event to showcase arts programs and events at BU. Check out the participants for this Fall’s upcoming 2018 Arts Fair on Friday, September 7th from 11am-2pm on the GSU Plaza.
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.
Silber Way Gallery
The BU Arts Initiative is pleased to invite entries for an annual exhibit on the 8th and 9th floors of the BU Administrative building at 1 Silber Way. We invite local alumni, faculty, staff, and students to enter artwork into this juried exhibition. 2D works including, but not limited to, painting, textiles, photography, drawing, printmaking, and graphic design, are welcome. The exhibit will run from approximately June through May.
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.
Managing Director: Dr. Ty Furman
Assistant Director: Sarah Collins
Administrative Coordinator: Dot Hibbard
Graduate Assistant: Clare Munger
Student Staff: Yadira Flores and Montiah Norton