About the Arts at Amherst Initiative
The Arts at Amherst Initiative (AAI) is a cross-disciplinary partnership developed from collaborations between the departments of Art & the History of Art, Music, Theater & Dance, and the Mead Art Museum during the 2012-2013 Copeland Colloquium "Art and Place/The Place of Art." The vision of the Initiative is to inspire a culture of arts participation at Amherst College in which everyone may celebrate, collaborate, and learn. The Initiative is administered by a rotating Steering Committee who create AAI-hosted interdepartmental programming, review applications and provide funding support for faculty and staff project proposals, and coordinate artist residencies at the Bailey Brown House.
Our Program Partners
The AAI's mission to support arts collaboration across disciplines has resulted in partnerships with over thirty program partners. Our program partners 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, and La Causa. Our off-campus program partners include the Eric Carle Museum, 33 Hawley St., the Stonewall Community Choir, and The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought.