The Arts at Amherst Initiative

The Arts at Amherst Initiative is a cross-disciplinary partnership whose mission is to foster participation in the arts at Amherst College by supporting collaboration across disciplines, facilitation conversations about the arts within the context of the liberal arts mission, and hosting leading artists from around the world.

The Arts at Amherst Initiative is a cross-disciplinary partnership whose mission is to foster participation in the arts at Amherst College by supporting collaboration across disciplines, facilitation conversations about the arts within the context of the liberal arts mission, and hosting leading artists from around the world. To foster the development of collaborative arts programming and a lively arts community, the Arts at Amherst Initiative Steering Committee provides funding opportunities to Amherst faculty and staff for collaborative projects, provides free guest housing for visiting artists at the Bailey Brown House, and runs a monthly arts programming series. The 2020-2021 programming series focuses on the following themes: 1) Anti-Racism in the Arts; and 2) Remote Embodied Practice. 

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Supporting Collaboration

The Arts at Amherst Initiative offers funding for programs that promote cross-disciplinary collaboration and connect artists with the broader Amherst community. We welcome applications from all Amherst faculty and staff. Stay tuned for Fall 2021 priority deadline

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Climate Stories

Amherst College music professor Carl Clements and director of Climate Stories Project Jason Davis connected with members of the Amherst College community to share personal stories about climate change, including observations of extreme weather, emotional responses, and convictions to forge a positive future. With participant consent, Professors Clements and Davis composed and recorded original music which integrates samples from these recorded "climate stories." 

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AAI FY21 Annual Report

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Arts at Amherst Initiative had numerous successes this fiscal year. Read about our various projects and programming, including virtual initiatives at the Bailey Brown House.

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