The Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts advances innovative directions for research, teaching, and production across the boundaries of individual arts disciplines and among artists, scientists, and scholars.
Since 2002, Brown’s arts departments and programs have joined together in an effort to advance the position of the arts on campus by developing support for individual arts disciplines and creating an atmosphere where interdisciplinary arts initiatives could develop and flourish. Working within the Plan for Academic Enrichment, the Creative Arts Advisory Board provided funds to underwrite a new range of opportunities heretofore unavailable. The establishment of an Artist-in-Residence Endowment, as well as several funds for competitive grants for lectures, symposia, performances, and exhibitions provided new opportunities for intra-departmental sponsorship and new multi-disciplinary initiatives. The spirit of cooperation and successful collaborations created an atmosphere directly contributing to the vision for a new multidisciplinary creative arts center. After several years of planning, in 2005, the Brown Corporation approved plans for a creative arts center, a facility which would not replace existing arts facilities, but rather provide a home for faculty and student artists to come together, along with faculty and students from the sciences and humanities, to build a new model of interdisciplinarity and collaboration. A search for the right architects for the job was undertaken, and the award-winning firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro was chosen. The architects of DS+R, whose projects include the Institute of Contemporary Art, the High Line and the recent renovations of Lincoln Center, are artists who instinctually understood Brown’s need for a structure whose very design encouraged the kinds of collaborative, interdisciplinary, and intermedial programming envisioned by the Creative Arts Council. The three story, 36,000-sf building is cut along a shear line, and conjoined by a shear glass wall, offering users and passers-by a glimpse into the activities within. In May, 2009, the Corporation approved the naming of the center in honor of Trustee and Chair of the Creative Arts Advisory Board, Marty Granoff, and his wife Perry, in honor of their extraordinary leadership and generosity to the University. On May 22, 2009, Brown broke ground on the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.