Be The Change

Activism Through Art

Inspired by the Jewish tenet of justice and drawing from the ritualistic Jewish Tzedakah box, Be the Change seeks to help us all engage with real world change through art. 

A Rendering of Be The Change at TimeOut Market, Fenway

When asked what her dream art piece would be, social justice warrior and American Jewish World Service Former Executive Director Ruth Messinger said, “a tzedakah box that says, ‘Be the Change’ in front of the Met.” 

Be the Change is about just this – public art to drive social change. A grouping of six kiosk sized “justice vessels,” based on the Jewish concept of a tzedakah box, that invite us all to learn about specific ways we can engage with justice and use the art to provide a vehicle for us all to participate and become agents of change.  

What is Be The Change?

  • Public art created by diverse emergent artists 
  • tailor made collaborations with multi-layered partnerships from schools to nonprofits resulting in a schedule of robust public programming and activation 
  • a curriculum designed for educational and religious institutions 
  • Creative surveying and data collection to emphasize the power of public art 

Each justice vessel will be created around a specific theme of justice – and invite viewers to rake an action towards justice. Similar to the essence of the “Little Free Library,” these boxes will make space for the “giving and taking of justice.” 

The project, led by artist Caron Tabb, is a production of Boston’s Jewish Arts Collaborative. This national project launches in Boston and Cincinnati and will travel to 3 more cities by 2024. 

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