JCU Programs

JCU provides professional development training for emerging artists from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds across East and West Jerusalem, who work in all artistic disciplines. We catalyze new thinking, deliver capacity building, management tools, and skills. JCU coordinates resources and convenes artists and stakeholders to connect communities, ideas, and issues. Our goal is to raise the visibility, viability, and sustainability of Jerusalem’s arts organizations.

Cultural Leadership Forum

A network of artists, organizations, philanthropists, policymakers, stakeholders, and residents. The forum convenes regularly to discuss issues relevant to the arts and culture ecosystem in Jerusalem. It serves as a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, inspiration, and advocacy.

Organizational Training, Consulting, and Mentorship

Ongoing guidance for new, emerging, and mid-size arts organizations in Jerusalem. JCU engages organizations in one-on-one and group consulting processes, to build their financial and management capacity, and help them rise in visibility, viability, and sustainability.

Israeli-Ethiopian Artist Leadership

A series of courses and meetings, empowering the next generation of Israeli-Ethiopian leaders in the arts, and amplifying the voices and art of the community. JCU hosts trainings for emerging Israeli-Ethiopian artists, providing opportunities for networking, shared learning, and career development.

East Jerusalem Cultural Infrastructure

Professional development and capacity building programming for Palestinian artists and organizations in East Jerusalem. JCU has completed an artists needs survey and mapped potential spaces and resources for artistic work and community engagement. Currently, JCU is building a pilot studio and residency program in East Jerusalem, to launch in mid-2022.

Creative Community Microgrants:

Jerusalem Giving Circle for the Arts: A pooled fund of microgrants, raised by local supporters and matched by international donors. The Giving Circle quickly distributes microgrants to organizations vetted and chosen by local financial contributors. This initiative seeks to build civic support for the arts in Jerusalem, and in 2022 will distribute over NIS 200,000 to Jerusalem-based artists.

Inspired by the Giving Circle model, JCU has raised a dedicated pool of microgrants for Israeli-Ethiopian and Palestinian artists who lack equitable access to funding from government and philanthropy. Recipients are selected by a committee that includes peer artists and community members, in a collaborative process that helps to build a new talent pipeline. These microgrants support artists in creating new work and scaling existing projects.

JCU Alumni Organizations

 

The Jerusalem Print Workshop

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Founded in 1974 by Arik Kilemnik – winner of the 2001 Teddy Kollek Jerusalem Foundation Prize, the center is dedicated to the art of printmaking offering artists a professional print studio as well as quality exhibitions for the public in the unique gallery space located in a picturesque building from the Ottoman period, in the Morasha neighborhood on the seam line between east and west Jerusalem.

jerusalemprintworkshop.org

Mashiv HaRuach

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The Poetry Journal was established in 1994 by young religious residents of Yehuda and Shomron as a creative response towards Jewish experience and traditions through its publication of Jewish and Israeli poetry. The journal has become a significant platform for Hebrew poetry and represents an artistic initiative based in an area lacking in cultural amenities.

mashiv.org.il

Muslala

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Muslala, established in 2009 by artists, residents and community activists of the Musrara neighborhood in Jerusalem curates art exhibitions, offers urban “art-tracks” guided tours, workshops, a meeting and study center, an exhibition space and community garden. Muslala, is developing a program with a city center base to expand the reach of its artistic activity.

muslala.org

Studio of Her Own

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Studio of Her Own is a network of visual artists initiated and managed by and for religious women that aim to empower themselves as they pursue a professional art career. Activities such as creating exhibition opportunities, professional development coaching and peer review serve to bridge art study and practical support to assist each individual artist to establish herself as an accomplished professional.

facebook.com/studio-of-her-own

Black Box

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Black Box is an independent initiative showcasing contemporary art in public space by transforming billboards into installations of visual art in place of commercial advertising. For ten days each year, dozens of municipal billboards support works of art and engage viewers and artists in a new relationship encountering art in a non-traditional setting.

facebook.com/QwpshShwrhBlackbox

The Jerusalem Biennale

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The Jerusalem Biennale is a creative platform for artists whose work is inspired by Jewish sources. The Biennale takes place every two years and takes advantage of different locations and venues throughout the city to provide an outlet for diverse, creative expressions of contemporary Jewish art.

jerusalembiennale.org

Good Point Theatre

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Good Point Theatre

An ensemble of religious men who create work inspired by particular issues within their community that has universal relevance for all audiences.

nekudatova.co.il

Jerusalem Dance Theatre

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Jerusalem Dance Theatre

The Jerusalem Dance Theater engages dancers at the beginning of their careers in new works of choreography inspired by ideas and issues connected to Jerusalem. facebook.com/Theater.Dance.Jerusalem/

Psik Theater

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Psik Theater
Original productions inspired by Israeli culture, society and local traditions. Mainly through the Platform School for Amateur Actors, which is the biggest in Jerusalem, the group aims to make theater accessible to various audiences and populations.
psik.org.il

Mystorin Theater Group

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Mystorin Theater Group Brings the beauty of ancient Hebrew texts to Israeli and international audiences creating a unique theatrical poetry that can be understood by speakers of all languages.
facebook.com/mystorin

c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group

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c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group

The c.a.t.a.m.o.n group adds new vision and energy to the emerging vibrant dance scene in Jerusalem with young talent who engage with ideas and environments that reach new audiences for contemporary dance.
catamon.com

The Kolben Dance Company

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The Kolben Dance Company
The veteran Jerusalem based choreographer, Amir Kolben creates work for his company that engages the complexity of Jerusalem, conveying the spirit of the city for local and international audiences.
kolbendance.com

Manofim

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Manofim is an independent initiative that curates an annual exhibition, migrating across dozens of sites throughout Jerusalem to expose new visual, media and performance artists and to animate the city with arts activity.
manofim.org

Hazira Performance Arts Arena

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Hazira promotes performance art and interdisciplinary theater in Jerusalem and around the country with experimental productions in theater, dance, video arts, and multimedia.
hazira.org.il

Barbur Gallery

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Barbur Gallery

Founded in 2005 by a group of graduates of the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, the community-based gallery located in the Nachlaot neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem uses its space to present visual arts, performance works and to engage residents in cultural activities.

JLM.FM

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JLM.FM
The social internet radio station functions as a virtual cultural center in which unique voices in Jerusalem can exchange diverse ideas. This emerging new channel of dialogue transforms the city’s conflicts and complexities into an opportunity for both artists and audience to have exposure to different points of view that can develop into creative collaborations.

Pandora

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Pandora

The collective formed in 2010 by graduates of The Jerusalem School of Visual Theater is unique for a magical way of exposing audience to different stages of the creative process, from experimental exercises through fully developed theater works. Each of the 10 members working in multiple artistic media creates individual works and together, the group appears in theater nights, produces new performances and collaborates with culture institutions.  

The Jerusalem Street Orchestra

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The Jerusalem Street Orchestra

Founded in 2013 and directed by Ido Spitalnik for the purpose of exposing broader and diverse audiences to contemporary works in classical music, the orchestra performs in open spaces in unique Jerusalem locations and public areas around the city.

Flamenca Studio

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Flamenca Studio

A community project aimed at enriching student and audience appreciation for the arts-music, dance and stories-of Flamenco. As both an oriental and occidental art form, the development of the Flamenco dance reflects interactions between the three major religious cultures – Judaism, Christianity and Islam and as such, a special place is reserved for Flamenco dance in the city of Jerusalem.

Maayan Liebman-Sharon

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Maayan Liebman-Sharon
The initiative is aimed at creating a professional space for those who view dance as an integral part of their lives. Establishing a center to explore body and movement open to people of all backgrounds, experienced and inexperienced in dance, provides the opportunity to develop physical skills and expressive abilities and create new appreciating dance audiences.

Angela Dance Company

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Angela Dance Company

Founded by Miriam Engel, the contemporary dance ensemble connects performing artists and audience through physical and theatrical communication. Angela explores both personal and universal themes, finding inspiration in Jerusalem’s multicultural and complex intellectual and artistic environment.

Art Shelter

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Art Shelter

A visual arts gallery located in a Haredi neighborhood adjacent to Mea Sharim. Their exhibits of contemporary art respect ultra-orthodox values and practice. With its own full time artistic director and curator, the pioneering gallery showcases a variety of individual and collective works throughout the year which are relevant to this unique audience.

Balagina

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Balagina

Balagina’s performance work offers the possibility to connect with Jewish culture by reclaiming Jewish narratives through theater and humor, inspired by history, ancient literature and the land of Israel.  

Theo-tron Group

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Theo-tron Group

Founding the Theo-tron group was inspired by the vision of the late Rabbi Menachem Fruman to promote creative theater work across Israel’s different cultures and social sectors. The theater operates in the spirit of easing conflict through art with the intention of stimulating dialogue and understanding.

Internal Compass

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Internal Compass

The Internal Compass Leadership Program encourages outstanding young musicians to become ambassadors of music in the community. Combining our goals of leadership and excellence we recruit promising musicians from diverse backgrounds and guide them through their musical training to achieve the social benefit of enhancing appreciation of Jazz in communities who may not be otherwise familiar with this modern musical art form.

The Artists Workshop in Teddy

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The Artists Workshop in Teddy

The New Gallery showcases contemporary Israeli visual art in curated, themed exhibitions including group and individual shows. Located at the Teddy Sports Arena, it seeks to reach audiences beyond traditional art viewers through its unique venue and emphasis on significant Israeli talent.

Social Theater Mashu Mashu

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Social Theater Mashu Mashu

The troupe addresses issues in their work relevant to the environment in which they live and create, and engage in arts activities in the neighborhood.
mashu-mashu.org

Mikro Theater

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Mikro Theater
The company stages works of Russian and Western European literature with Jewish themes.
mikro.co.il

Koom-Koom Theater

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Koom-Koom Theater

“Koom-Koom” Theater is a small group of puppeteers, clowns and musicians who create magical visual theater on an intimate scale for children and families.
facebook.com/koomkoomtheatre

Sala-Manca

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Sala-Manca

Situated in the renovated Hansen Hospital, Sala-Manca’s works deal with social and political issues as well as tensions between low and high tech aesthetics through poetic materials with urban contexts.
sala-manca.net

The Incubator Theater

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The Incubator Theater

Founded by graduates of the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, the Incubator was established as a creative outlet for a wide range of productions for appreciative audiences in Jerusalem and abroad.
incubator.org.il

Between Heaven and Earth

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Between Heaven and Earth
“Between Heaven and Earth” is a cultural center in Jerusalem, a home for creating and producing contemporary dance as an exploration of body and spirit hosting an annual festival and on- going activities dedicated to this creative dialog.           docdance.com

Koresh 14

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Koresh 14

“Koresh 14” is an art initiative founded by Bezalel art academy graduates that operates out of a residential building in downtown Jerusalem. Young performers working in new media and visual arts participate in Koresh 14 events held for a variety of audiences in the city.