The Terra Foundation for American Art

The Terra Foundation for American Art supports individuals, organizations, and communities to advance expansive understandings of American art. Established in 1978 and headquartered in Chicago, with an office in Paris, the Terra Foundation is committed to fostering cross-cultural dialogues on American art locally, nationally, and internationally, through its grant program, collection, and initiatives.


The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Founded as the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization in 1979, and part of Brown University since 1995, the Public Humanities Center awards M.A. degrees in the Public Humanities.  The Center is the leading graduate program in the Public Humanities, and in addition to its coursework in digital humanities, museum skills, informal learning, cultural policy, public art and nonprofit management, the Center develops research initiatives, exhibitions and public programs with local and national partners in public history, culture and the arts.



The Brown Arts Institute

The Brown Arts Institute (BAI) cultivates creative expression and fosters an interdisciplinary environment where faculty and students learn from one another and from artists and scholars in a wide range of fields across the campus and around the world.  The BAI is home to six academic arts departments plus the David Winton Bell Gallery and Africana/Rites and Reason Theatre. 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 art-making and experimentation.

Artwork credit, web banner: Detail, Jazzmen Lee-Johnson, Not Never More (2022)