The BU Arts Initiative works with faculty to coordinate arts events and residencies driven by curriculum and research with a goal of directly engaging BU students in the practice of, participation in, and intellectual dialogue around art and art making. Residencies supported by the BU Arts Initiative present outstanding artists or arts scholars in partnership with specific academic programs. They are intended to be interdisciplinary, inclusive, and represent both the global and urban nature of Boston University.

Many residency events are free and open to the public, and when possible, involve direct partnerships or collaborations with community organizations. A typical residency is four or more days and includes: performances (or exhibit/installation), panel discussions, and workshops, as well as class visits with faculty from across the university. However, each residency is specifically designed with the faculty partner to meet the teaching, research, and engagement goals of the program.

Faculty interested in developing a residency in partnership with the BU Arts Initiative should fill out our brief Inquiry Form

The following residencies have been produced since the founding of the BU Arts Initiative in 2012:

Other visiting artists sponsored by the BU Arts Initiative include: The Crossroads Project, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maya Lin, Sonia Sanchez, Stephen Schwartz, Deborah Lipstadt, Gerald Vizenor, Alysia Harris, Stacey Tyrell, and Martha Graham Cracker.