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Arts and Culture Initiative


As an investor and convener, CJP is committed to supporting a rich and vibrant Jewish arts and culture community within Greater Boston. We support Jewish artists and arts organizations through fellowships, grants, and partnerships, and by fostering engagement with this work throughout our community.  

Arts and culture can powerfully connect us to Jewishness and to one another; bring us into deep and challenging conversations; and illuminate and preserve Jewish experience and memory. Through this work, we will celebrate, heal, and engage with the world.  

We are excited to explore and appreciate the beauty of Jewish arts and culture, together.  

What are we working on?

Community Creative Fellowship

  • A partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative, this Fellowship gives two artists in the Greater Boston area the opportunity to create, learn, and engage with the community for more than eight months
  • Meet the 2022 Community Creative Fellows
  • Applications are currently open for the third cohort of the Community Creative Fellowship for two Boston-area artists. We invite creatives in all artistic media — visual artists, performers, writers, chefs, coders, and others — to apply by Thursday, July 28.  

CJP Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant Fund​

Building on the landmark investment in creativity last April, CJP launched a second round of arts and culture grants. See how this infusion of $67,500 to support nine artists and their team is impacting our artistic community.

Artists can apply as individuals or in groups, and grants range from $7,500 to $25,000. The grant pool seeks to support art that

  • Embraces the diversity and complexity of Jewish identity, community, and tradition
  • Sparks questions, fosters curiosity, and/or invites communal dialogue on a range of topics, both within the Jewish community and/or across diverse communities 
  • Creatively interprets or re-invents Jewish teachings, life, ritual, or tradition 

The 2021-2022 Grant Pool is currently closed.

Contact Carissa to receive information on the grant application process or for any additional questions.  You can see some of the 2020-2021 grantees’ work featured in The Art of Community, CJP’s 2021-2022|5782 Calendar. 


Mental health and the arts 

CJP is investing in innovative approaches to support our community’s mental health. Using techniques based in art therapy, two consultants are working with community organizations to support their staff after an intense year working with people who are elderly, and with school children, clients who are in poverty and more. We know art-based opportunities open new doors for healing, rejuvenation, and introspection, and are proud to offer these resources to support our community. For more information, please contact Carissa.

Sophie Krentzman is leading CJP into the arts and culture space to support and lift up our creative community. In this video, get to know Sophie's artistic background, discover how this work became a priority for CJP, and learn about the key arts and culture initiatives for this year and beyond.