Established in 1906, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is Israel’s oldest institution of higher education. Bezalel is currently located on Mount Scopus, near the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Departments include Fine Arts, Architecture, Ceramic Design, Industrial Design, Jewellery, Photography and Art History and Theory.
Bezalel is currently undertaking the building of a new expanded campus, to be located in the Russian Compound in Jerusalem’s city centre. Bezalel’s new home will bring together 2,500 students and 500 faculty members in the heart of the city, revitalising it as a national and international centre for culture and creativity.
Other projects that The Polonsky Foundation has supported at Bezalel include scholarships for Bezalel students to attend the Pilchuk Glass School in Washington, United States.
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Subject area: Excellence and innovation in the arts
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Excellence and innovation in the arts
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