Recent Awards

For the 2014-15 academic year, the Brandeis Arts Council awarded grants to the Fine Arts Department for a speaker series on art and gender; new studio art workshops; and a program on art and the African disapora. The Theater Arts Department received grants for a performance by Bill Irwin in the Festival of the Arts and development and presentation of two original dance stories by Susan Dibble. The Music Department received grants to support an improvisation festival and a performance by the new music group Sound Icon.

"Whether enriching the experiences of students specifically studying the arts or engaging non-majors in memorable creative opportunities, the [Brandeis Arts] Council has transformed our campus." Read a March 2014 article about the Arts Council on BrandeisNOW.

Brandeis Arts Council

The Brandeis Arts Council provides grants to support outstanding performances, exhibitions and programs in the School of Creative Arts. The Council’s mission is to enhance the quality, impact and vitality of the arts at Brandeis through the combined annual contributions of its members. 

Council grants support exceptional creative and educational opportunities for artistic development that directly benefit students. The Council is dedicated to fostering the excellence of the fine arts, music and theater arts departments, as well as a shared vision for the arts at Brandeis. 

  • The council is composed of 20 to 25 members selected from alumni, parents and friends. The council meets annually on campus, and informally each fall in New York City. 
  • Arts Council members each give an annual gift of $5,000 and serve for a two-year term. The Council’s combined gifts provide a collective pool of funds to support the School of Creative Arts through grants awarded each spring.
  • The faculty of the departments of fine arts, music and theater arts are invited to submit grant applications for support. The Council receives these applications in advance of the annual meeting. 
  • At its annual meeting, the council decides how to allocate the Council’s funds. The Council’s decisions are shared with the provost for final approval.
  • During their campus visit, Council members meet with students and faculty, attend campus arts events and engage in conversation about the role of the arts in education.

Arts Council 2013

Brandeis Arts Council Members
2014-15 Academic Year

David Ash '73
Kimberly Ash '06
Harvey Baumann '64
Penny Pressman Bernstein '68
Michelle Bratsafolis '79
Adam Dinkes '95
Stephanie Elkind '80 
Kathy Ennis '72
Susan Fink
George Krupp
Cheryl Lambert
Fern Gelford Lowenfels '59
Amy Merrill '69
Ellen Freeman Roth '80
Liz Rueven, P'09, '13
Mindy L. Schneider '75
Jolie E. Schwab '78
Barbara Cantor Sherman '54, P'83
Ann Tanenbaum '66

For more information, contact Erin Warnke in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.