Art made it possible

The 61st Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts excited and inspired the campus community to imagine the impossible.


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Brandeis dared to “imagine the impossible” during the 61st annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, April 25 to 28.

This year’s theme inspired the campus-wide “Imagine That” project, a large-scale art installation in which campus community members were asked to react to “Imagine a world where…,” “I wish ___ were possible,” or “Imagination brings…” Hundreds of responses were tucked inside ornamental bulbs that were suspended in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium. They created a perfect backdrop for the festival’s kick-off — a sing-along of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Nearly 7,000 people attended the four-day celebration, which included nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists showcased together with music, dance, theater and artwork by more than 400 Brandeis students, alumni, faculty and staff.

The festival was founded in 1952 by the legendary Brandeis faculty member Leonard Bernstein, who believed that “the art of an era is a reflection of the society in which it is produced, and through creative endeavors the thoughts and expression which characterize each generation are revealed and transformed.”

For more information about this annual event, see the Festival of the Arts website and the story on BrandeisNow.