New organization aiming to expand Jewish experience through the arts

NEW YORK (JTA) — Asylum Arts, a nonprofit group that hopes to empower and connect Jewish artists, was launched in New York.

The organization is an outgrowth of Asylum: International Jewish Artist Retreat, a conference that brought together 60 artists in March. It is being financed by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network, which also sponsored the conference.

In addition to hosting gatherings, including a second retreat planned for 2014, and training programs around the world, Asylum Arts will offer small grants of $1,000 to $3,000 to artists in its network.

“In a world in which young Jews are seeking non-traditional opportunities for engaging in Jewish life, artists are creating meaningful, provocative Jewish experiences that provide a powerful way to connect to Jewish identity and expand the boundaries of Jewish life,” said Asylum Arts director Rebecca Guber.

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