Festival of the Creative Arts will offer free performances for the family on Sunday

Featured artists include Sol y Canto, Big Nazo, Tanglewood Marionettes and more

Big Nazo

In celebration of founder Leonard Bernstein’s lifelong commitment to engaging young people in the arts, the Brandeis Festival of the Creative Arts will sponsor an afternoon of free performances, family events, and art exhibitions on Sunday, May 2. Performances will run continuously from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rose Art Museum, Slosberg Music Center, Shapiro Campus Center Theater, and on the Great Lawn (outside of the campus center).

All families of Brandeis faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the community celebration. Arts events that families and children can enjoy together are noted in the guidebooks, available across campus and in the arts buildings.

Brandeis students will lead art-making activities and tours of the Rose Art Museum throughout the day.

Featured artists include:

Sidewalk Sam
                             Sidewalk Sam
Big Nazo
The international group of visual artists and puppet performers invades the campus. Watch out for renegade circus contortionists, a three-eyed robot percussionist, and a man-eating Chia Pet. Lower Campus, throughout the afternoon.

Sidewalk Sam and Art Street
Turn the Brandeis campus into your canvas with Sidewalk Sam, the beloved Boston artist dedicated to creating public art that promotes community spirit and children’s creativity. Join Sam and his crew for chalk drawing outside the Shapiro Campus Center all afternoon.

Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band
Stomp your feet and sing along with this New Orleans-style street band. It’s music with social action – slamming out the sounds of the legendary Crescent City for peace rallies, street festivals, parades, and benefits. 1 p.m., Great Lawn.

Tanglewood Marionettes
These renowned puppeteers have enchanted audiences throughout New England with their international folk tales. This year’s story, "The Dragon King," is an underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, and culminates in a behind-the-scenes demonstration of how the marionettes are made and operated. 1 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

Sol y Canto
                               Sol y Canto

The Diamond Sisters
Aerialists Marci Diamond ’91 and Gina DeFreitas perform – and offer an opportunity to try out the trapeze -- at 2 p.m. on the Great Lawn

Sol y Canto
The rich vocal harmonies, sumptuous Spanish guitar, and irresistible ballads and rhythms of Sol y Canto have brought joy to listeners all over, from the Kennedy Center and the White House to Puerto Rico’s Conservatory de Musica. Featuring Rosi Amador (vocals), Brian Amador (Spanish guitar), and extraordinary musicians from Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico, and Argentina. 4 p.m. in Slosberg Music Center.

Click here for the complete Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts schedule.

Spotlight image: Brandeis community members "Connect the Dots" on the Great Lawn during the 2010 Festival of the Creative Arts. Photo by Mike Lovett.

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