Cleveland Jewish Arts & Culture Lab
2018-2019 Jewish Arts & Culture Lab Exhibition: "Spirit & Matter: Bodies & Things"
Formed from earth and from breath of the Divine, Adam, the - first human - embodied both spirit and matter. In our contemporary world, these two categories - the inert and the lively – are usually treated as separate. What if we viewed them as intertwined? How might we depict the intimate relationship between body and soul, people and things, spirit and matter?
This year, the Jewish Arts and Culture Lab looks closely at literature, painting, Jewish ritual objects, and a variety of other art forms to uncover the unexpected places where the physical and the transcendent overlap . Together we will learn texts, discuss objects, engage in creative processes designed to inspire you, deepen your thinking, and forge new connections with other local artists.
Visual artists, designers, media makers, writers, crafters, artisans, poets, photographers, dancers, musicians, curators and artists and creatives of all other media, are invited to apply to participate in this content-rich, supportive, collaborative fellowship.
This years Cleveland Jewish Arts & Culture Lab Exhibition: "Spirit & Matter: Bodies & Things" is the culmination of an 8 month fellowship for local Jewish artists. The Fellows spend time learning with a Jewish educator, building community and critiquing each others work while using the Jewish texts and topic as inspiration for their exhibition submissions.
The mission of the Jewish Arts and Culture Lab is to enable the Arts to be a Jewish source of expression and inspiration for local artists and the broader community. This is achieved through unique style annual Fellowships and Programming that integrates traditional Jewish texts, values, and history into the Arts. The Jewish Arts and Culture Lab was created in partnership between the Mandel JCC, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the Shaker Launchhouse.
The Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab is an award-winning program that offers Fellowships to Jewishly identified creative practitioners in the Cleveland area. Fellows study together for 12 sessions from September-June, The Artists will receive a $750 stipend for the Fellowship, along with educational and artistic support from the group. While each Fellow will create their own piece(s), peer review and the ability to learn from each other is a core part of this experience. The Fellowship culminates in an exhibition of the completed work of all ten Fellows, along with community wide programming.