Asylum Arts supports contemporary Jewish culture on an international scale, bringing greater exposure to artists and cultural initiatives, providing opportunities for new projects and collaborations and elevating the level of excellence and artistic activity.

We connect and empower artists and cultural organizations by hosting gatherings and trainings and providing small grants to foster connections that will broaden the reach and impact of Jewish artists and arts organizations.

Asylum Arts is an outgrowth of the successful Asylum: International Jewish Artist Retreat, held in March 2013 as part of a series of gatherings supported by the Schusterman Family Foundation. The first Asylum retreat brought together 60 international artists, enabling them to engage with each other and to build skills and knowledge, both Jewish and professional.



We believe in the power of face-to-face meetings as a way to build community, and strengthen relationships and skills for artists and others working in the cultural landscape.

Asylum Arts provides professional development, skills-building and capacity support for artists as they seek to build careers in the arts and have a greater impact on audiences in a changing funding landscape.

Asylum Arts creates connections and opportunities for professionals in Jewish and non-Jewish institutions to high-quality artists that are working in the Jewish cultural sphere, increasing their engagement with this sector of arts and culture.

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Asylum Arts is supported in its pilot phase by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (SFF), which has long invested in making the beauty and meaning of arts and culture accessible to all those who seek it. The Schusterman Family Foundation (SFF) is a global enterprise that supports and creates innovative initiatives for the purpose of igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positivechange for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. SFF includes the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Schusterman Foundation-Israel, ROI Community and REALITY.  Asylum Arts is additionally supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Group and Righteous Persons Foundation

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Artist Career Development Program

April 27 - 29, 2014 · Tel Aviv, Israel

Three leading arts nonprofits – Artis, Artport and Asylum Arts – have partnered to launch the Artist Career Development Program, empowering artists from Israel with tools to develop the professional skills necessary for a successful career in the visual arts, and advancing the Israeli cultural landscape in the long-term. This by-invitation retreat brings together over 30 artists to learn from local and international professionals, working artists and from each other.

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We've had the opportunity to work with some amazing and talented artists, we encourage you to browse their work.




We believe that funding is a crucial part of realizing an idea, and we are pleased to offer small grants to constituent artists of the Asylum Arts network to provide the spark for additional funding, encourage further crowd-funding, and allow for risk-taking projects that test new ideas.

These competitive grants will be given to those projects that create the most opportunities for professional and creative growth, international collaboration, and audience impact.