Festival goers find themselves in art of all types
Brandeis and its neighboring communities came together to enjoy - and participate in - the 62nd Annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts on April 24-27.
More than 5,000 festival goers “found themselves in art,” this year’s theme, which was inspired in part by “selfies” – the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year in 2013 – and art’s capacity to bring about self-discovery for both artists and audiences.
The four-day celebration of arts, sponsored by the Office of the Arts, covered a range of artistic forms and styles, from concerts to plays, art exhibitions to modern dance, video art to public sculpture, and featured the work of nationally acclaimed artists and more than 300 students, faculty, staff and alumni. The festival hosted more than 60 professional and student events, including a sold out concert by singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor and crowd-pleasing performances by ImprovBoston, Tanglewood Marionettes, the Waltham Philharmonic, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra and The Alloy Orchestra.
“The arts festival is a glorious way to conclude the Brandeis semester in a burst of creativity and community,” said Scott Edmiston, director of the Office of the Arts. “I am sure Leonard Bernstein would be quite pleased.”