We have an amazing group of 22 Jewish Arts and Culture Lab Fellows this year for Homeland and Promised Land, 5 from Beit Shean, 5 from St. Petersburg, and 12 from Cleveland. Many have asked for details about what is happening and how we are doing this across borders and continents. Here goes!
Cleveland has long and strong ties to St. Petersburg, Russia and Beit Shean, Israel through meaningful relationships and program exchanges. Our Fellowship serves our community by bringing Jewish people together through the Arts and Torah. We feel it is a natural extension for our Cleveland program to extend to our sister-cities using the magic of the Arts and Torah to inspire and unite, centered around the beautiful and challenging theme of Homeland and Promised Land.
This global effort grows from the relationships with the Yesod, the St. Petersburg, Russia JCC, Partnership 2000 (P2K) and JAFI in Beit Shean, Israel, and Bina (http://www.bina.org.il/en/) in Israel. In each city we have Educational and Program Facilitators that have joined our leadership team via phone and skype, and selected the incredible and talented Fellows. Our amazing Facilitators, Yana Brook, from St. Pete’s, and Yona Arzi, from Bina, Israel are leading the sessions. They work with Rabbi Truboff to coordinate the learning for Homeland and Promised Land, so all the Fellows are studying similar material. There is concurrent Jewish learning and creative cohort critiques as part of the Fellowship experience.
All 22 Fellows are commissioned to create works inspired by the theme. We ask that they take creative risks, try something new, and use creative freedom to express their voices. Our International Fellows have an abbreviated schedule that includes 3-5 sessions. Our Cleveland Fellows follow the annual schedule which includes 13 sessions. Rabbi Truboff and I skype with St. Petersburg for some sessions (see attached pics). We are planning an International Skype Session between the 3 groups so we can meet ‘face to face’. In the meantime, we have established an email list serve that all the Fellows and Coordinators use to share their process work and ideas.
We have a website with a digital gallery for all of our participants in the works. The Opening for the Homeland and Promised Land Exhibition is Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Mandel JCC and will feature works by: