dancer in white tutu in front of green wall

Online and on campus, art finds a way.

From April 25-May 1, 2021, the Festival of the Creative Arts celebrates the abundant creativity of Brandeis students, faculty and staff, joined by distinguished guest artists.

Founded in 1952 by the legendary American composer and Brandeis faculty member Leonard Bernstein, the first festival was dedicated to the belief 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.”

photo of Phoebe Bridgers

Saturday, May 1, 8 pm, online

We're closing out the week with a Brandeis-exclusive virtual concert by indie musician Phoebe Bridgers!

Phoebe Bridgers made her solo debut with the studio album Stranger in the Alps (2017), followed by Punisher (2020), which earned Bridgers widespread critical acclaim and four Grammy Award nominations, including Best New Artist. Bridgers is also known for her membership in the musical groups boygenius (with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus) and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Conor Oberst).

You must have a Brandeis email address to register for this Zoom event. Cosponsored by WBRS 100.1 FM and made possible by the Aaron Foundation Visiting Artist Fund for Theater, Music, and Fine Arts.
Register here.

It's been a hard year, so give yourself a gift of free art. Members of the Brandeis community (students, staff, faculty, alumni) may choose a free piece of art from the Gifted Givers: the more than 60 generous Brandeisians who have created gifts to connect us during this challenging time. Brandeis community only, please.  

The online catalog will be open Saturday, May 1, from 10 am - 4 pm. New gifts will be added throughout the Festival of the Arts. If you're on campus, please stop by the Brandeis Booths to choose your gift in person! We'll be there Friday, April 30 from 5 - 8 pm.  
Meet some of the Gifted Givers on BrandeisNOW.

Follow the Festival of the Arts on Facebook and Twitter for updates. And we're sharing our community's creative moments of music, visual art, and more every day on our Instagram account, @CreateAtBrandeis

Founded in 1952 by Leonard Bernstein to celebrate the first graduating class of Brandeis, the Festival of the Arts is a campuswide event overseen by the Arts Engagement staff of the Division of Creative Arts. It is made possible by the generous support of Elaine Reuben ’63 and the Aaron Foundation Visiting Artist Fund for Theater, Music, and Fine Arts.


The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts welcomes and encourages the participation of people of all communities, generations and life experiences. We value a diversity of lived experiences and perspectives and recognize that our experiences and perspectives are shaped by multiple and intersecting social identities.

We encourage an exchange of learning among faculty, practitioners, students, staff and audience members. We support continuous reflection and learning about the arts.

Land acknowledgment

We acknowledge and pay respect to the fact that the Brandeis campus occupies land that has been and continues to be the traditional land of the Mattakeeset, Namasket, Natick, Ponkapoag, and Wampanoag tribes of the Massachusett Nation.