Community Creative Fellowship
The Jewish Arts Collaborative and The Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Art and Culture, have proudly teamed up to present a season-long community-based art fellowship to two outstanding artists in the Boston area.
Today, as more and more people are exploring personal, creative approaches to their Jewish identity, arts and culture are playing an essential role. Instead of being an adjunct to Jewish identity, the arts are now its foundation. On the communal level, the arts enable us to reach and educate people of all backgrounds about the richness of Jewish culture.
The two fellows for this season’s community creative- Adriana Katzew, and Yoni Battat- will be engaging the community through both artistic and spiritual practice, and provide insight and interest to people throughout the community who are exploring their own Jewish artistic journey. Through both personal development and community engagement, these fellows will create new work while exploring new ways to interact with and inspire others across the Greater Boston community.
Follow this page for upcoming information about workshops, creative engagement opportunities, and artistic offerings from our fellows!
Adriana Katzew is Professor and Chair of the Art Education Department at MassArt. Her teaching and research focus on community engagement and social justice, and on the intersection between visual arts and ChicanaX and LatinaX activism. Adriana’s research also encompasses students of color in art colleges, as well as arts-based interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Adrian’s artistic practice is photography-based, with a deep connection to documentary photography, history, and marginalized and silenced voices. Her work searches to unearth stories and memories of people, moments and places. Adriana obtained her doctorate and master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as an AB in American History and Literature from Harvard University.
Yoni Battat is a Boston-based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and teacher, specializing in contemporary and traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Yoni’s Judaism is deeply rooted in both his Iraqi and Polish ancestry, and especially the rich musical traditions that come from these cultures. He delights in sharing traditional melodies alongside his own original music, inspired and informed by the Ashkenazi and Mizrahi music of generations past. He received a BA from Brandeis University and an MM in Classical Viola Performance from Boston University. He has been featured in a host of ensembles including the Israel Klezmer Orchestra, the Hiba Orchestra, Two-Shekel Swing and the Virtuoso Soloists Ensemble. He has toured the US with the Israeli-based folk music ensemble Nava Tehila, and has engaged in musical collaborations with many performers, including Galeet Dardashti, Daniel Kahn & the Painted Brid, The Afro-Semitic Experience, and Earth, Wind & Fire. He has also served a musician and teacher in Wellesley, Brookline, Boston and in Portugal.