We’ve connected with more than 65 leaders, community members, and organizations in the art world – both Jewish and secular – to assess community needs, opportunities, and strengths. Together, we have shaped the vision for this new agenda and established priorities for the future.
During CJP’s 360FIVE listening tour session with JArts, community members shared with us the many ways they connect to their Jewish identity through arts and culture. This feedback has helped to inform our Initiative.
In collaboration with our community partners, CJP is committed to serving as an investor and convener around Jewish arts and culture.
Meet Sophie Krentzman, CJP's first Director of Arts and Culture and learn more about her and our work.
CJP is working to keep the arts front and center — and we’re just getting started! Look at what we've done in the past year as we've been building this Initiative.
arts grants distributed in 2019-2020. Grantees included 10 organizations, two individuals, and two community volunteer-led groups.
invested into the arts community.
A grant pool of $100,000 has been established for the upcoming 2020-2021 year. This is the first and largest grant pool being offered for Jewish arts and culture efforts in Boston.
“With support from a CJP arts grant, the virtual 2020 ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival 'attendance' was more than double that of 2019 and the feedback we received was extraordinary. We developed new partnerships, offered more accessibility than ever before, and introduced a new, online model of presentation.”
— Susan Adler, Executive Director, Boston Jewish Film Festival
Rachel Linsky, a local dancer and teacher, used the CJP funding she received to choreograph and produce the dance film Selection. The film is part of her ongoing project, Zachor (remember), which honors the stories of Holocaust survivors through dance.
Through the pandemic, we’re partnering with community organizations on a variety of arts initiatives to keep us connected and offer hope during this challenging time. Explore a sampling of CJP-funded arts programs, below.
artistic mediums including dance, cuisine, theater, visual arts, music, and writing were represented through the applications.