Community Creative Fellowship

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CJP and JArts have teamed up to launch a new Community Creative Fellowship for two Boston-area creatives. We invite creatives in all artistic media - visual artists, performers, writers, chefs, coders, and others – to apply.

More and more people are exploring Jewish culture for new perspectives and approaches to their Jewish identity. The arts enable us to create a meaningful personal identity and also attract, excite, and educate people about the richness of Jewish culture.

In today's multicultural world, art is a powerful tool to connect diverse communities.

This fellowship is designed to support two local creatives who are looking to explore Jewish identity through arts and/or culture.

Combining both personal development and community engagement, the selected creatives will be expected to create new work while interacting with and inspiring others. Our goals are to:

• support the creation of new work that reflects the artists' Jewish exploration

• create a community wide dialogue by engaging diverse communities in this process

• develop creatives' capacity for community engagement and Jewish literacy

Fellowship stipend: $20,000 (7 months, inclusive of time and materials)


The chosen creatives will each develop a capstone piece informed by their experience over the course of the fellowship (November 2020 - June 2021).

• Applications due September 15, 2020

• Interviews with jury and final candidates early October 2020

• Selections made by October 23, 2020

• Fellowship begins: November 16, 2020

• Capstone project proposal due: January 2021

• Submit final project: May 31, 2021

• Fellowship completion: June 30, 2021


Expectations: Creatives must...

• create engagement opportunities that inspire creative connections to Jewish identity

• work with an array of community groups, Jewish and not, such as: schools, senior living facilities, synagogues, community centers (8-12 sessions over the course of the fellowship)

• be prepared to facilitate their work virtually and/or with social distancing practices in mind in the event that direct workshops are still not possible

• attend all scheduled educational sessions and meetings with mentors (schedule to be set at the beginning of the fellowship)

• provide regular documentation of process

• create a final piece that is inspired by the educational and community experiences


Fellowship Support

• Mentorship: We will pair you with a mentor to learn with throughout the fellowship to help you explore and develop your own Jewish artistic journey and provide access to artistic mentorship

• Personal/professional support: Access to learning opportunities and resources outside of mentorship

• Logistic support: Administrative coordination for community engagement opportunities, marketing via CJP and JArts marketing channels


Who should apply? Creatives who...

• have any level of connection to Jewish identity

• have a personal interest in exploring Jewish identity and its role in the creative process

• seek meaningful professional and personal development opportunities

• interest in engaging with audiences of diverse backgrounds


Ready to apply? Go for it!

CJP welcomes an open dialogue!  Please refer to our policy for more information.

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