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About the Program
Wherever Jews settled in the world, artists and thinkers created new traditions and interpretations that enriched Jewish life and responded to contemporary challenges. This creativity enabled successive generations to discover the beauty of Judaism and draw on its resources to imagine new futures. Today, as ever, we need artists and cultural producers to lead the way, harnessing creativity, imagination and courage to shape the Jewish future and more just and democratic societies.
The Cultural Leadership program is a two-year fellowship designed to develop artists and cultural producers with high potential as agents of change in the Jewish community and broader society. The program aims to cultivate fellows’ creative wellsprings and work, leadership capacities and visions for change, and cross-boundary, collaborative networks.
The program will include four seminars, online sessions, time to advance creative work, and dedicated work with a coach. Two seminars will take place in Brookline, MA, where the Mandel Institute is based, and two will be traveling seminars to Israel and a North American community selected by the cohort. Fellows will receive a $20,000/year stipend, which will support their time in the fellowship’s educational program and independent work on a creative project. The program’s curriculum will be organized around three strands:
Fellows sharpen their visions for impact and build skills in public narrative, arts management, and network leadership.
Fellows deepen their creative wellsprings through Jewish text study, exploration of cultural history, and inquiry into contemporary forms of Jewish art and creativity.
Fellows examine the distinctive role of art and culture to drive change, through study of historical models of arts activism, training in cultural strategy, and inquiry into contemporary social issues important to them.
The fellowship is designed for artists and cultural producers who have a desire to integrate Jewish themes in their work and/or harness Jewish culture to address communal and global challenges. Eligible candidates include, but are not limited to: musicians, visual artists, dancers, actors, writers, filmmakers, and multidisciplinary artists, as well as a range of cultural producers, such as journalists, curators, designers and culture bearers.
Candidates may work independently or in organizational settings such as museums, media platforms, arts start-ups, and spiritual communities, among others. We will seek fellows who value boundary crossing and collaboration, and whose personal experiences and creative voices represent the diversity of the Jewish people.