|Grant Recipient:||American Jewish University|
|Program:||Institute for Jewish Creativity|
To integrate Jewish artists into the larger Jewish communal context, provide attractive cultural programming that appeals to Jews of all ages and works to strengthen Jewish identities, and encourage artistic contributions that help to create an authentic, thriving Jewish culture.
|Field of Interest:||Arts & Culture|
Founded as the University of Judaism in 1947 and merged with Brandeis-Bardin Institute in 2007, American Jewish University (AJU) provides academic programs to prepare undergraduate, graduate and rabbinical students for leadership roles in the Jewish community. Its Whizin Center for Continuing Education offers educational and cultural programs for more than 12,000 adult learners each year including Passover classes, Introduction to Judaism courses, instructions in Hebrew language, dance and visual arts, and public lectures. The Brandeis-Bardin Campus serves thousands of children and young adults through Camp Alonim, Gan Alonim and the Ziering Brandeis Collegiate Institute for young adults.
The Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC) will work to integrate Jewish artists into the larger Jewish communal context; provide attractive cultural programming that both appeals to Jews of all ages and works to strengthen their Jewish identity; and encourage artistic contributions that help to create an authentic, thriving American Jewish culture. IJC will include a think tank, artists’ retreat, monthly workshops for Jewish artists, an artist’s grant program, professional seminars on incorporating cultural programming into existing institutions and a performance and presentation series. It is expected to reach hundreds of Jewish artists, professionals and community members.