Be The Change

Jewishly Inspired Public Art

3 cities across the US.  
6 pieces of public art in each city by local emergent artists. 
30+ community partnerships.
1 big year of change. 

Be the Change is a 2022-2023 art and activism initiative that is inspired by the Jewish tenet of justice and drawing from the ritualistic Jewish Tzedakah box. Taking place in Boston, Cincinnati, L.A., and online, Be the Change will help viewers connect to issues of injustice and empower them to become agents of change.  

Be the Change is about making space to talk about injustice – and to give us all action steps to be agents of change in our local and global communities.

The tzedakah box (based on the root word tzedek, Hebrew for justice) is a small box in which Jews traditionally collect loose change on Shabbat and other occasions to be donated to the needy. Beyond just giving money, the goal of Be the Change is to help us all become artivists – activists through the art.

Featured Artists

Boston

The Heart

Caron Tabb

Hate Crimes & Antisemitism

Vital Organs

Carolyn Lewenberg

Environmental Justice

Our Family Tree

Jason Talbot

Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Ojibwe

Nayana Lafond

Domestic Violence

Garden of Light

Ngoc-Tran Vu

Mental Health, Trauma, and Healing

It’s Giving

Sam Mendoza Fraiman

Transgender Rights

cincinnati

To Be Announced.

Los Angeles

To Be Announced.

please note, pictures used above are conceptual images & not final products

EVENTS

All Events are Free to the Public

virtual

In-Person

More events forthcoming, stay tuned!

Project Roots

In Boston, the  Jewish Arts Collaborative  alongside the artist, Caron Tabb, is the  lead producer of Be the Change launching a national project with the Spring 2022 launch in the Boston, Fenway neighborhood. From there,  Ish takes the lead in Cincinnati, in collaboration with Cincynice, in Fall  2022. 

Tzedek Box will be a lead online partner, co-hosting events and conversation via their Tzedek Box app throughout the duration of the project. 

Making Real Change: Using Art to Drive Policy

The Be the Change sculptures make space for us all to understand how we can make change in our community. To guide this, each piece in  Be the Change  is underpinned by active legislation, defined in collaboration with JALSA (Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action).

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors who make this work possible.

Production Partners

The Jewish Arts Collaborative, lead producer, launches in the Boston Fenway area in Fall 2022 in collaboration with Samuels & Associates  (on view August 6 – October 2) .

Ish takes the lead in Cincinnati, in collaboration with Cincy Nice in Fall 2022 (September – November). 

The Skirball Cultural Center in LA joins us in 2022/2023 (details TBD). 

Tzedek Box will be a lead online partner, co-hosting events, and conversation via their Tzedek Box app throughout the duration of the project. 

Program Partners

Partnerships with diverse local organizations are central to Be the Change. Each of the host cities will partner community groups, schools, senior centers, and more to engage community through the art.