Public Presentation

The Brown Arts Initiative (BAI) is pleased to announce its Public Presentation Grants Program. Evolving from the Creative Arts Council, the BAI is a consortium of arts departments and programs that seeks to strengthen and connect the arts at Brown across disciplines. Taking full advantage of the University’s open curriculum, the BAI builds on Brown’s reputation as a destination for arts exploration, contributing to cultural enterprise through the integration of theory and practice, with an emphasis on innovation and discovery that results from rigorous artmaking and experimentation.

The Brown Arts Initiative Public Presentation Grants emphasize the unique and inherent contribution of arts events and performances to the cultural landscape. Funded presentations are designed to help bring new artistic work to the public while engaging audiences of varied sizes and compositions, including members of the Brown community as well as attendees from beyond Brown’s campus.

Any permanent faculty member (tenure-track, tenured, or lecturer) or professional staff member of Brown University whose assigned responsibilities include promoting ideas through the arts is eligible to apply for this grant. Grant recipients who have received three consecutive semesters of funding through this program (previously known as the Creative Arts Council grants) must take a hiatus of one academic year before applying for additional support. For questions regarding your eligibility, please contact Anne Bergeron.

Amount and Duration of Award
Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded for a one-semester period of use. 

Criteria for Selection
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel that includes Brown arts faculty members and an external specialist. Awards will be made based on the following:

  • Intrinsic merit of the work
  • ​Evidence of innovation and experimentation
  • Integration with BAI philosophy and priorities
  • Provision of a well considered and reasonable budget
  • A feasible time frame for completion

​BAI sponsored programming will be guided, in part, by three-year themes. The theme for 2017-2020 is “Art and the Environment.” Proposals that support BAI thematic programming or involve interdisciplinary collaborators are encouraged.

Award Conditions
Award funds may be applied to reasonable and necessary costs of events and programs.  These expenses may include: artists fees, production costs, marketing expenses and other fees that directly support the program and help to reach the intended audience. Any expenses incurred must adhere to Brown’s contract labor, purchasing and travel guidelines.

Timeline and Procedure for Submitting Proposals
All applicants who plan to submit proposals must begin the application process by meeting with their department managers to review their proposed projects and budgets. This conversation is essential for departmental finances, scheduling and allotment of space.  Please allow adequate time for this initial step.  Proposals must be submitted electronically via UFunds no later than 12:00 pm on November 18, 2016. Application requirements include:

  • A description of the project for which funds are requested, and a description of the intended audience
  • A list of current and potential funders
  • A project budget (submitted using the provided budget template)
  • A proposed timeline

Applicants will receive notification by December 16, 2016. Any awards granted must be spent by June 30, 2016. Any request for an extension must be made in writing to the BAI no later than May 1, 2017, and will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Reporting Requirements
Within 60 days of the conclusion of the award period, grant recipients must complete the required final report form, which asks grant recipients to describe the work that was accomplished, and reflect on both successful outcomes and challenges. In addition, final reports must include photo, video or other documentation for BAI promotional purposes and inclusion in the BAI archive. Provided images must conform to Brown’s Image Use Policy.