12.26.14 Issue

by Mark Kirchhoff, Center for Jewish Life

Article excerpted from materials prepared by The Arts & Community Task Force of PARTNERSHIP2GETHER

The PARTNERSHIP2GETHER Program of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America will be conducting “Artist Workshops in the Western Galilee.” The program annually brings U.S. artists to the Western Galilee to make personal connections with community members through a wide range of artistic disciplines. The program encourages contemporary artistic creation and collaboration in hopes of generating new artistic discourse between participants and local residents. It is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas and enrichment for communities.

Partnership2Gether LogoThis year’s “Artists Workshops in the Western Galilee” will be held from May 14-22, 2015. Applications for participation are being accepted from artists working in all mediums, including, but not limited to: photography, music, glass, painting, theater, art therapy, writing, etc. This is a juried program with limited space available. Artist accepted into the program will be matched with the appropriate/related groups and resources to make the most of their time and creative offering.

Noa Epstein-Friedman, Israeli Arts and Regional Development Coordinator for the Partnership2GETHER says of the program, “This is truly a great opportunity for Americans to become a part of the art community in Western Galilee and meet a number of Israeli artists. We put a great deal of effort into matching people and disciplines to help ensure the best outcomes from the program.” Ms. Epstein-Friedman went on to explain that two special opportunities have been incorporated into the program for 2015. The first is targeted for photographers, journalists and writers. A proposal has been accepted to document and illustrate the lives of various people who live in the Western Galilee. The creative team selected for this endeavor will be tasked with bringing to life the stories and realities of the diverse people living in the region. The final results of their work will be compiled to create a touring exhibit for the P2G communities along with the creation of a book of their work.

The second special opportunity will be for glass artists utilizing the open studio of The Akko Art Glass Center. Artists are invited to create projects using multiple techniques including blowing, fusion and lamp work. In the future, the center will also house a glass museum and gallery.

“We often talk of the opportunities for American artists to come to Akko, meet Israeli artists, and learn from them. It should also be remembered that the Israeli artists share an equal amount of enthusiasm in meeting their American counterparts and developing collaborative efforts in which everyone benefits,” said Ms. Epstein-Friedman. To apply, the artist must provide a completed 2015 Artist Workshops Application, available by contacting Noa Epstein at noaep@jafi.org or noafe55@gmail.com, a resumé or CV, and 5 examples of current work. All work will be considered and reviewed by the selection committee. Application deadline is Feb. 2, 2015. Accepted applicants will be notified by Feb. 16, 2015.

The program is one of shared costs. The artist provides and is responsible for round trip flight costs, health insurance, private local transportation, and any additional private meals or activities. The artist is also responsible for a Post-trip Project Plan requiring a commitment to share the program experience and art with the local community in the United States, thus bringing the experience full-cycle.

PARTNERSHIP2GETHER provides lodging and transportation to art sites, breakfast, lunch, and home hospitality dinners. They will also cover the costs of scheduled local trips in the Western Galilee and art materials and equipment required.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Noa Epstein at noaep@jafi.org or noafe55@gmail.com very soon. Many applicants are anticipated with a limitation of eight available slots. Locally you may contact Mary Sue Grossman, mgrossman@jewishomaha.org or 402.334.6445 for assistance.

The “Artist Workshops in the Western Galilee” is a program promoted by the Center for Jewish Life whose mission it is to maximize involvement of Omaha’s Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences.