Asylum Arts Small Grants Program

In this challenging moment, Asylum Arts has prioritized supporting its community through the creation of new grants and adaptations of existing grant programs. With all our grants, we support Asylum Arts network artists in creative projects that explore Jewish and Israeli ideas, themes, history, and identity. We hope audiences will engage with their work and ultimately start global conversations. Our grants support artistic careers, ensure diverse activity across geography, and strengthen the network of Asylum Arts participants. We only give grants to artists who have previously attended one of our retreats.

Through our Digital Creativity Grant, we have supported 10 Jewishly-inspired innovative art projects that utilize the web and social media in unexpected ways.

Through the Sustaining Practice Grants, we gave 55 of our network members grants to allow them to continue their work during this incredibly challenging time.

Through our High Holidays Digital Grants we supported four artists who produced digital works to excite, inspire, and steep us in the essence of the Days of Awe of 2020. Inspired 5781. More Art. More awe is a collaboration with Jewish Arts Collaborative.

We are proud to participate in “Dwelling in a Time of Plagues,” a project exploring Sukkot and Social Justice supported by CANVAS and organized by the Council of American Jewish Museums. We have collaborated with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education for Shelter in Place, with additional installations at The Jewish History Museum in Tucson and the Holocaust Museum Los Angeles.

Given the current realities and challenges of presenting creative work, we are concentrating on supporting research and development of new works and also collaborative projects that can be realized digitally for our annual Small Grants in 2020.

We are continuing to support our artist community, and hope these funds and others will allow artists to strengthen their important role in society when so many of them have experienced significant loss to their incomes.