Bay Area Jewish Artist Retreat
November 11-14, 2019 ยท Mill Valley, CA

Asylum Arts presents the first Bay Area Jewish Artist Retreat, which will take place from November 11 – 14, 2019. During this intensive four-day program, 30 multidisciplinary emerging Jewish artists from the Bay Area will learn from local and international arts professionals, community leaders, Jewish educators, and from one another.

The Bay Area Jewish Artist Retreat aims to empower artists to explore collaboration and innovative ways to build an integrated local artist community and we will facilitate a nuanced conversation about local Jewish culture and identity, appreciating the importance of the complex multiple identities and groups that co-exist. We hope to foster an artist community founded on reciprocity, collaboration and inclusivity to build the Jewish cultural landscape in the Bay Area.

The program does not end at the conclusion of the retreat. After the retreat, each artist benefits from community-based opportunities and becomes part of a global network of artists through the Asylum alumni community.

We are pleased to be collaborating with The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the JCC East Bay on this retreat. We are grateful for the support of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. 

Logistics and Program

We will be spending our 4 days together at the picturesque Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley, California, located 45 minutes from downtown San Francisco. Meeting at this serene retreat center, away from the distractions of our day-to-day lives, nurtures an environment dedicated to learning, creativity and growth. Each participating artist must commit to attending the entire retreat period, from Monday to Thursday, as it is essential to the goals of both communal and professional development.

Our programming includes master artists, community building, and exploration of Jewish history, identity, and wisdom. Additionally, each artist will share his or her creative work with the community. 

While our retreat is subsidized, and all costs during the retreat period are covered, we ask each participant to pay a $50 fee to demonstrate commitment to our program and its goals.


We are looking for artists who demonstrate a high level of excellence, work professionally in their field, and have a willingness to engage in a learning community and process. Artists should be in the stage of emerging, and generally within the ages of 22-45. We are open to all artistic disciplines, including visual arts, theater, performance, video, cinema, new media, dance, written media, music, etc. We are looking for people who are interested in exploring Jewish and artistic identity, and we consider "Jewish artist" to be a term that means many different things. Artists are only eligible if they are currently living in the Bay Area.

Applications are now closed.