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.



Asylum Arts is supported in its pilot phase by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, 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 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 positive change 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



February 5, 2016

Asylum alumni Rachel Klinghoffer will be part of the group show Future Past Perfect from…

February 1, 2016

  Li Lorian's theatre piece Nobody Important will be up on Thursday, February 2…

January 26, 2016

David Heywood-Jones will be in conversation next month with the current residential artist…

January 18, 2016

Hagar Cygler, of the LA Reciprocity Retreat, has her mid-res show at CalArts starting this…


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, skill-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.


current event

International Jewish Artist Retreat 2016

MAY 8-11, 2016 · GARRISON, NY

Past Events

RECIPROCITY: LA Artist Retreat
November 15-17, 2015 · Los Angeles, CA

Jerusalem Artist Retreat
Aug 9-11, 2015 · Ein Harod, Israel

Artist Career Development Program 3
July 7 - 9, 2015 · Tel Aviv, Israel

MAY 3-6, 2015 · GARRISON, NY

Artist Career Development Program 2
October 21 - 23, 2014 Tel Aviv, Israel

Urban Artist Retreat
September 7-9, 2014 London, UK

Artist Career Development Program
April 27-29, 2014 · Tel Aviv, Israel

MARCH 23-26, 2014 · GARRISON, NY

March 3-5, 2013 · Garrison, NY


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.

The competitive grants will be given to those projects that create the most opportunities for professinal and creative growth, international collaboration, and audience import.


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