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Scott Edmiston
Director, Office of the Arts

Ingrid Schorr
Associate Director, Office of the Arts

Mission

The Office of the Arts was founded in 2003 to cultivate the performing, visual, and cultural arts at Brandeis University as an essential component of a liberal arts education and research study.  It advocates that participation in the arts is essential to humanistic learning and social transformation.

The Office of the Arts is dedicated to:

  • Integrating the arts into the life of the Brandeis community as a meaningful component of a liberal arts education and research study
  • Fostering innovation in the arts as a means to enrich creative thought and social activism
  • Uniting communication and collaboration between the School of Creative Arts, the Rose Art Museum, and other university arts programs
  • Serving as the central information resource for the arts at Brandeis
  • Inspiring and supporting student engagement in the arts
  • Honoring diverse cultural traditions and encouraging new and interdisciplinary forms of art
  • Celebrating art as an expression of the idealism with which Brandeis was founded: truth, education and justice

In pursuit of these goals, the Office of the Arts seeks to fulfill the vision of Justice Louis Brandeis, who wrote: "The function of the University in respect to the arts should not be limited to promoting understanding and appreciation. It should strive to awaken the creative instinct, to encourage its exercise and development, and to stimulate action."

The Office of the Arts is an administrative branch of the Office of the Provost. Its staff are members of Arts Administrators in Higher Education, a nationwide association of college and university professionals whose primary focus is to develop and facilitate opportunities for students to create and engage with the arts.