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Community Creative Fellowship

 

The Jewish Arts Collaborative and 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. 

 

ONLINE EVENTS

UPCOMING

Sunday April 18 5:00- 6:00 pm 

Singing our Stories

Led by Yoni Battat

In this workshop, participants are invited to join musician Yoni Battat as partners in the process of writing a new song about home and memory. Held by a soundscape of Yoni’s music, participants will reflect on some of their most treasured memories, bringing the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and feelings of their stories into the mind’s eye and the imagination. Participants will then be invited to share their reflections with each other and with Yoni as possible lyric material for his songs. In culmination, participants will join their voices together virtually and record musical phrases that will be mixed into the final piece of music. Together we will weave a tapestry of our collective memory and shared human experiences.

Limited to 25. Participants are asked to find a quiet place to attend the workshop, and bring a cell phone that they can use to record themselves singing!

This event is designed specifically to create community for those who identify as Jews of Color, Indigenous and Latinx Jews, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews.

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Tuesday  April  20 7:30- 8:30 pm   

Singing our Stories 

Led by Yoni Battat 

In this workshop, participants are invited to join musician Yoni Battat as partners in the process of writing a new song about home and memory. Held by a soundscape of Yoni’s music, participants will reflect on some of their most treasured memories, bringing the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and feelings of their stories into the mind’s eye and the imagination. Participants will then be invited to share their reflections with each other and with Yoni as possible lyric material for his songs. In culmination, participants will join their voices together virtually and record musical phrases that will be mixed into the final piece of music. Together we will weave a tapestry of our collective memory and shared human experiences. 

Limited to 25. Participants are asked to find a quiet place to attend the workshop, and bring a cell phone that they can use to record themselves singing! 

Ticketing link: Click here

 

Sunday,  April 25 5:00 – 6:00 pm 

Unfolding Identities  

Led by Adriana  Katzew 

Join artist Adriana Katzew in a workshop where participants have the space to share their identities and experiences as Jews of Color through art making. Participants will make an accordion book–a perfect vehicle for reflection, for written and for visual stories. Participants will also photograph objects to add to their book, objects that symbolize or represent different aspects of their identities.  Adriana will share the work she is doing as a fellow, work that reflects her own intersectionality as Latina and Jew. She will gather the participants’ stories and images to create an ongoing collaborative piece that captures both individual stories and our collective experiences.  

Limited to 15. Participants are kindly asked to each bring an object that carries memory or holds a special meaning to them or their family, as well as a cell phone or digital camera to photograph the object. Also bring an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper or any kind of rectangular paper, glue stick, scissors (optional), a needle or pen (to puncture a hole), string/thread/yarn, plastic card  (library card, supermarket card) to crease paper (optional) 

This event is designed specifically for those who identify as Latinx Jews 

Ticketing Link: Click here

 

Saturday,  May  1,  2021,  7:30-9  pm

Unfolding Stories

Join artist Adriana Katzew in a workshop where participants share meaningful stories about themselves through art making. Participants will make an accordion book–a perfect vehicle for storytelling and preserving stories for the future. Participants will also photograph an object to add to their book, one that holds meaning to them, and that reminds them of family or “home.”  Adriana will share the work she is doing with her own family stories as a Community Creative fellow, and will gather the participants’ stories and images to create an ongoing collaborative piece that captures both individual stories and our collective experiences.

Participants are kindly asked to each bring an object that carries memory or holds a special meaning to them or their family, as well as a cell phone or digital camera to photograph the object. Also bring an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper or any kind of rectangular paper, glue stick, scissors (optional), a needle or pen (to puncture a hole), string/thread/yarn, plastic card  (library card, supermarket card) to crease paper (optional)

Ticketing Link: Click here

 

PAST EVENTS

Sunday March 21 4:30 – 6:00  

Making Tangible the Intangible: Objects that Hold Memory  

Led by  Adriana  Katzew  and Yoni  Battat 

Artist Adriana Katzew and musician Yoni Battat led a workshop that honors the objects that hold our stories and connect us across time and space. Through the lens of a thousand-year-old Hebrew poem, participants rediscovered the significance and  life in  their own  sacred objects by journaling and sharing about them, and then photographing them. Yoni shared the music that he set to the poem and discuss memory in music. Adriana gathered the participants’ stories and images to create a collective art piece. Together Adriana and Yoni helped us draw our loved ones close and ground us in who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going. 

An event designed specifically to create community for those who identify as  Jews of Color, Indigenous and Latinx Jews, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews.  

 

Sunday March 21 1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Unfolding Stories 

Led by  Adriana  Katzew 

Adriana  Katzew  led a workshop where participants share meaningful stories about themselves through art making. Participants made an accordion book–a perfect vehicle for storytelling and preserving stories for the future. Participants also photographed an object to add to their book, one that holds meaning to them, and that reminds them of family or “home.”  Adriana shared the work she is doing with her own family stories as a Community Creative fellow, and gathered the participants’ stories and images to create an ongoing collaborative piece that captures both individual stories and our collective experiences. 

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If you or your organization are interested in learning more about how you can engage with the Community Creative Fellows, please contact Director of Partnerships Jaime Brody at jaimeb (at) jartsboston.org

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MEET THE FELLOWS

Adriana  Katzew  is a Professor in 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 peoplemoments 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. 

https://massart.edu/faculty/adriana-katzew   

 

 

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.  

https://www.yonibattat.com/ 

Watch Yoni’s appearance on JArts online cultural events series, JLive:

 

 

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