About the Arts at Amherst Initiative


he Arts at Amherst Initiative originally developed from a partnership among the departments of Art & the History of Art, Music, Theater & Dance, and the Mead Art Museum. Since 2012, the AAI has expanded to include participation by additional faculty and staff from around the college. The AAI is administered by a rotating steering committee, but depends on a wider group of interested members to create programming and community-building events around the arts.

The Bailey Brown House serves as a center for the AAI, and also an accommodation for guest artists and scholars from around the world.

Please see our recent Arts at Amherst Initiative Invitation pamphlet to learn more about the history and the future direction of the AAI.


The AAI's mission to support interaction in the arts across campus has resulted in collaborations with many other stakeholders at the college and in the local community. They include the Departments of Art & the History of Art, Black Studies, Chemistry, Creative Writing, English, Film & Media Studies, Latinx & Latin American Studies, Music, Sexuality Women’s & Gender Studies, Sociology, Spanish, and Theater and Dance, the Mead Art Museum, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Life, the Stonewall Committee, the Human Resources Activities Committee, the CHI, the Center for Teaching and Learning, The Common, the Women's and Gender Center, the Center for Diversity & Student Leadership, the Queer Resource Center, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Book & Plow Farm, La Causa, the Eric Carle Museum, The Northampton Community Arts Trust at 33 Hawley Street, the Stonewall Community Choir, and The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought.

To inspire a culture of arts participation at Amherst College in which everyone may celebrate, collaborate, and learn.
—Arts at Amherst Initiative Vision Statement