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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 2023 Community Creative Fellows
  • Applications are currently closed for the third cohort of the Community Creative Fellowship for two Boston-area artists. More information will be posted about future opportunities in the Spring of 2023. 

CJP Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant Fund​ 

CJP is continuing to invest in our local artists, and recently announced a third cohort of Arts and Culture grantees. See how this infusion of $75,000 to support ten artists and their projects will produce new work and create new discussions in our community.

Created in 2020, the grant pool supports artistic endeavors that:

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

The 2023-2024 Grant Fund will be opening on August 1st, 2023. Please click here for more information. 


Mental health and the arts 

CJP has invested in innovative approaches to support our community’s mental health. Using techniques based in art therapy, our Create and Connect Initiative used art therapists as consultants to work with community organizations in support of staff and families. We know art-based opportunities open new doors for healing, rejuvenation, and introspection, and were proud to offer these resources to support our community. Please enjoy this video highlighting some of the work. 

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.