Announcing the American Academy in Jerusalem Fellows!

The Foundation for Jewish Culture is pleased to announce this year’s Fellows, selected from a pool of over 100 nominations by a distinguished panel.  The following remarkable artists will share their cultural talents, vision and expertise in order to foster greater dialogue and understanding between people of the United States and Jerusalem:

Lynne Avadenka, Visual Artist

Donald Byrd, Choreographer

David Herskovits, Theater Artist

David Karnovsky, Urban Planner

Lynne Avadenka is a Detroit-based visual artist who combines words and images in a variety of media. In addition to a Kresge Fellowship in 2009, she was recently awarded the Saxe Prize by the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco and received a commission from The Jewish Museum, New York. Avadenka’s proposed research project is to begin a body of work inspired by Joseph and his brothers, a story of forgiveness and reconciliation that holds a revered place in both the Bible and the Koran.

Donald Byrd is the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle. He is a Bessie Award winner (The Minstrel Show) and received a Tony award nomination for his choreography of The Color Purple on Broadway. Byrd’s productions also include The Harlem Nutcracker, White Noise, and Aida. Byrd’s proposed research project is to use the performing arts to explore the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as a perpetual machine of failed attempts and disillusionment, as envisioned by writer Amos Oz.

David Herskovits is the Founding Artistic Director of Target Margin Theater in New York City. He has directed for many theaters and presenters including The Lincoln Center Festival, Theatre for a New Audience, and The Spoleto Festival USA. Herskovits’ proposed research project is to develop a new play based on Yiddish theater, the early 20th century avant-garde movement, and their unique moment of intersection.

David Karnovsky is General Counsel to the New York City Department of City Planning.  A particular focus of Karnovsky’s work has been on the use of zoning incentives to preserve existing cultural assets, as well as to create new open spaces and artistic venues. Karnovsky’s proposed research project is to explore the use of similar strategies to promote arts and culture in Jerusalem as a tool for growth and revitalization working with government officials, arts groups and others.

For more information, please see our American Academy in Jerusalem page.

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