Community Creative Fellowship

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CJP and JArts are proud to launch the 2nd cohort of the 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.

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 capstone work that is inspired by the experience of the fellowship.

Our goals are to:

  • support the creation of new work that reflects the artists' own Jewish exploration
  • create a community wide dialogue by engaging diverse communities in this work and artistic process
  • develop creatives' capacity for community engagement and Jewish literacy

Fellowship stipend: $20,000 (9 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 (October 2021 -June 2022).

  • Applications due August 20, 2021 by 5:00 pm
  • Interviews with final candidates September 2021
  • Selections made by mid-September 2021
  • Fellowship begins early October 2021
  • Capstone project proposal due February 2022
  • Submit final project early-June 2022
  • Fellowship completion: June 30, 2022

Expectations: Creatives will...

  • develop 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 (10 engagements over the course of the fellowship)
  • be prepared to facilitate their work virtually in the event that in-person opportunities are 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 fellowship experience
  • ensure that social media marketing and growth is a priority of this process
  • create a capstone piece

Fellowship Support

  • Primary Mentorship: Creatives will have a consistent mentor throughout the process to help facilitate your own Jewish artistic journey and enhance your learning around community engagement
  • Jewish Mentorship: Creatives will also have 3 sessions with a Jewish educator focusing on topics of interest
  • Additional opportunities to work with experts and other professionals in the creatives’ desired field
  • Logistic support: Administrative support 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

About CJP and JArts

The mission of CJP, Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation, is to inspire and mobilize the diverse Greater Boston Jewish community to engage in building communities of learning and action that strengthen Jewish life and the world around us.

JArts™ brings people together to explore and celebrate the diverse world of Jewish art, culture, and creative expression.

Ready to apply? Go for it!

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


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