The Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists supports individual artists who want to develop new projects with a Jewish focus, theme, or element. It began as an innovative strategic partnership of Avoda Arts, Foundation for Jewish Culture, and JDub Records, and it is in transition to become a program of the Foundation for Jewish Culture.
The fellowship is based on the belief that creative expression is essential to Jewish community, identity, and meaning, and the fellowship was created to support the artists who contribute to that process. The two-year program provides emerging artists working in music, visual arts, and performing arts with a living stipend, financial project support, professional development workshops, and ongoing peer and professional-led learning opportunities.
In New York City, the Six Points Fellowship currently supports 9 artists; our pilot cohort supported 12 artists who created new projects exploring Jewish ideas. The Six Points Fellowship also supports 9 artists in Los Angeles.
Our first cohort of 12 artists (2007-2009) created critically acclaimed projects that reached an impressive number and range of people: the artists’ work drew over 19,000 audience members, their websites and blogs logged over 250,000 individual visits, and press has appeared in The New York Times, Village Voice, Time Out, The Forward, The Jewish Week,and hundreds of blogs. Their work was recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Drama Desk Award nomination, Innovative Theater Award, Puppet Lab Fellowship, as well as shown at major museums such as the Israel Museum and the Museum of Art and Design.
Lead Funding for the Six Points Fellowship New York City Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 comes from UJA-Federation of New York. Support for the Los Angeles Cohort comes from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and the Righteous Persons Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Joyce & Irving Goldman Family Foundation, Slingshot Fund, Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, The Morningstar Foundation, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
For more information, check out the Six Points Fellowship homepage.