“I learned how to challenge myself as an artist. I have taken risks and pushed myself this summer which has made it possible for me to grow as an artist and submerge myself in my Jewish identity.”
“The questions we explored forced me to voice strong opinions about myself and my life--opinions I didn't know I had! BIMA made me more aware of who I am as a person.”
Richmond Hill, ON
“One question I plan to take home with me is: Can I expand my artistic personality into my Jewish identity?”
"I have expanded my understanding of myself as an artist by exploring a wider variety of genres--and discovering that I actually really enjoy some of them more than I would have thought."
"I learned how to push myself to improve my skills in the future; BIMA provided a springboard for me to start learning more complicated things about music."
BIMA is Brandeis University's summer arts institute for high school students. We offer five core areas of artistic study:
Our mission is to guide high school students as they develop their imaginative and artistic faculties and to explore the relevance of Jewish tradition in their lives. BIMA at Brandeis University is committed to the value of a serious and dynamic encounter between artistic expression and Jewish life. We aspire to serve as both a nurturing community and a creative catalyst for this interaction.
BIMA cultivates a vibrant, pluralistic environment for participants to hone their artistic skills, deepen their Jewish knowledge, and ask questions about their identity as young Jewish people committed to pursuing the arts.
BIMA also encourages teenagers to see themselves as active participants in a vital Jewish culture and promotes a reinvigoration of creative expression and artistic imagination within Jewish religious and communal life.
We are guided in this endeavor by three central commitments:
BIMA takes seriously the growth and education of young artists. BIMA emphasizes artistic expression, self-reflection and collaboration, guiding students as they advance their skills, learn new techniques, expand their repertoire, and pursue excellence in their artistic disciplines.
BIMA presents a unique opportunity to spark Jewish creativity and examine the intersection between Jewish identity and the creative process. Jewish creativity depends upon Jewish exploration that challenges the mind and speaks to the heart. BIMA includes a range of opportunities for Jewish learning that are substantive, passionate, and engaging.
BIMA believes that interactions between high school students from diverse backgrounds enhances creativity, and that exchanges among artists of different disciplines enriches artistic growth. BIMA promotes a dialogue of multiple interpretations in both Jewish living and the arts. The program includes opportunities for dialogue, collaboration and relationship building among participants with different backgrounds. Our approach to both Jewish and artistic education emphasizes the dignity of individual identity and expression, a discourse of mutual sensitivity and respect, and a spirit of openness and friendship within a diverse community.