BIMA – The Berkshire Institute for Music & Arts at Williams College is the first residential summer arts institute of its kind for Jewish high school students. BIMA offers a remarkable experience intensive arts opportunity for young people. The program runs from June 22 - July 21 at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. BIMA cultivates a vibrant, pluralistic environment for participants to develop artistic skills, to deepen their Jewish knowledge, and to ask questions about the intersection of their identity as Jews and young people committed to the arts.
Our program is geared towards Jewish teenagers (currently in grades 9-11) who are dedicated to the arts and interested in Jewish life. BIMA is a partnership between Gann Academy – The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston and The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel.
BIMA participants will enjoy:
·advancing their skills in music, (chamber ensemble, jazz, and choral music) painting, dance, and creative writing with professional artists.
·attending world-class cultural events in the Berkshires such as Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, MASS MoCA, and Jacob’s Pillow.
·focusing on their artistic development, finding new ways to engage Jewish life, and discovering the points where these two passions intersect.