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.

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.


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, The Wellbeing Project, Innovate@BU, and the Initiative on Cities, check out the fantastic work of each of these programs.

Our Programs
& Resources

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


Managing Director: Dr. Ty Furman

Program Administrator: Ivy Buena

Graduate Assistant: Elana Harris

Graphic Designer: Ashlie Dawkins

Office Assistants: Lila Al Tamimi, Emma Iversen