Established in 1906 by artist Boris Schatz as the “Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts”, Bezalel has evolved into one of the world's most prestigious art schools. The name Bezalel is synonymous with more than 100 years of Israeli art, innovation and academic excellence. Bezalel’s unique strength stems from the numerous breakthroughs it has been responsible for and its ability to respond and adapt to cultural changes. It takes pride in its numerous generations of graduates – the spearhead of Israeli artists, designers and architects, in Israel and around the globe.
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem is currently undertaking the building of a new campus to be built in the Russian Compound in Jerusalem’s City Center: The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Campus. Bezalel's new home will bring together 2,500 students and 500 faculty members in the heart of the city. The move from the current Mount Scopus Campus, which is somewhat isolated from the urban fabric of society, will transform Jerusalem and reinvent the city as a national and international center for culture and creativity. Revitalization of the center of the city will occur through significant urban development and commercial expansion triggered by the burgeoning activity on Bezalel's new campus. The 400,000 square foot, state of the art building designed by SANAA Architects, will house a library, galleries, workshops, classrooms, studios, offices, auditoriums, a cafeteria, and a shop.
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