Ensemble of drummers and dancers

April 25-May 1, 2021 

Each spring, the Festival of the Creative Arts celebrates the abundant creativity of Brandeis students, faculty and staff, joined by professional artists from throughout New England. 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.”

NEW! This year, we invite the Brandeis community to create something to give away. We will pay for the materials and shipping costs. Learn how to be a Gifted Giver with support from the Festival of the Arts. Register by Feb. 28. and deliver your gift by mid-April. 

SUPER SUNDAY: Members of the Brandeis community may apply to submit a short pre-recorded performance or art demonstration for streaming on Super Sunday, April 25. Learn how here. Apply by Feb. 28 and submit your video by mid-March.

Planning a semester show or other event? Let us know so we can include it in festival publicity.

Join the student advisory committee. Email Ingrid Schorr at ingrids@brandeis.edu to learn more.

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 campus-wide 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; the Aaron Foundation Visiting Artist Fund for Theater, Music, and Fine Arts; the Center for German and European Studies, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Brandeis Arts Council. 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Waltham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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.