About The BU Arts Initiative

The Boston University Arts Initiative ensures that the arts are fundamental to the student experience by developing and supporting university-wide programs to advance the role of the arts at BU through building community; supporting interdisciplinary arts teaching, learning, and research; and highlighting diverse artists and modes of artistry. We are proud to be a part of the Community & Inclusion team of the Office of the Provost.

Specifically, in coordination with the BU Arts Council, and with the support of our Student Advisory Council, we work to:

  • 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.

Partners

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 deeply with ours and with whom we frequently collaborate and consult; those include: Diversity & Inclusion, Student Wellbeing, Innovate@BU, The Newbury Center, and the Initiative on Cities, check out the fantastic work of each of these programs.

Our Programs & Resources

Our Antiracist, Inclusive, and Social Justice Commitments

  • Our staff, student advisory council, and the BU Arts Council will be comprised of diverse individuals representing a variety of disciplines, racial/ethnic heritage, life experience, and ability
  • We will develop programs that respond to or address social justice issues and hire artists whose identity and practice represent the full spectrum of humanity and the BU community
  • Our programs will supplement and inform an antiracist curriculum
  • Our programs will decenter whiteness
  • Our programs will be free or very low cost for all students and we will promote our resources and events widely through a variety of channels on campus including identity based campus organizations and programs
  • Our programs and communications will model inclusive practices in access, design, language, and content
  • We will provide programming and opportunities that build community and support a sense of belonging for BIPOC and queer students
  • We will regularly assess these practices and seek appropriate input on improving

The BU Arts Initiative is a proud member of:

Fenway Cultural District

Mass Creative

A Proud Member of ArtsBoston - Take yourself to a new place

a2ru - Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities

Staff

Managing Director: Dr. Ty Furman

Program Administrator: Ivy Buena

Administrative Coordinator: Elana Harris

Graduate Assistant:  Merritt Kramer

Graphic Designer: Nolan Thompson

Office Assistants: Lila Al Tamimi, Tajrir Tahtial