The Arts at Amherst Initiative seeks to foster participation in the arts at Amherst College by supporting collaboration across disciplines, facilitating conversations about the arts within the context of the liberal arts mission, and hosting leading artists from around the world. Despite the challenges of reintegrating in-person engagement after an entirely virtual year, the Arts at Amherst Initiative moved onward and continued to deepen campus relationships this fiscal year.
We received first-time funding applications from several Amherst College faculty and staff members, supported programming with twenty-two partners across campus both inside and outside the arts, and distributed $13,012.73 in funding support to eight cross-disciplinary art-centered projects.
As we reopened the Bailey Brown House to visiting artists in November of 2021, we hosted artists from Theater & Dance, Music, and Student Affairs, and offered housing to artists associated with the Mead, American Studies, and English. In addition, the Initiative collaborated with Book & Plow Farm to establish the Bailey Brown House garden, a project intended to cultivate community and consciousness with visiting artists.
The Steering Committee produced an impactful, full program of synchronous online and in-person gatherings that engaged the Initiative’s arts community and brought people together across campus after over a year of distance. The Fall Welcome Reception let faculty and staff gather and share food in the Bailey Brown House yard, while the online Fall Soiree emphasized an interdisciplinary approach to art and culture. “Poetry and Plants” brought students to the Bailey Brown House, while the Alumni in the Arts Reception amplified our in-person arts community connections.
As the Initiative looks to 2022–2023, we hope to continue expanding our support of programming that brings the members of our community together to discuss important and relevant topics in art and expression.
The Arts at Amherst Initiative Steering Committee
Danielle Amodeo, Mead Art Museum Public Programs and Marketing Specialist
Adam Levine, Assistant Professor of Art & the History of Art and Film & Media Studies
Theo Peierls, ‘20E, Arts Coordinator
Eric Sawyer, Professor of Music
Jenna Riegel, Assistant Professor of Theater & Dance
Amelia Worsley, Assistant Professor of English
Steering Committee FY23
Ron Bashford, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance
Josh Guilford, Assistant Professor of English in Film and Media Studies
Mila Hruba, Mead Art Museum Study Room Manager and European Print Specialist
Sienna McCulley, ’21, Arts Coordinator
Jason Robinson, Associate Professor of Music
Niko Vicario, Assistant Professor of Art and the History of Art