Based on the success of our first retreat, we held another International Jewish Artist Retreat, bringing another 70 artists together from the US, Israel, Europe and Latin America. The retreat included professional development workshops, Jewish learning, and the opportunity to share and discuss the artists' own work. This year, there was also unstructured time to explore new creative ideas, spend time in the outdoors, and engage with other artists
Sessions led by industry professionals included: Reflection Planning and Goal Setting, Fundraising: The American Model of Individual Giving and How to Make it Work for You, and Negotiating Relationships for Artists. The retreat also included sessions led by artist-participants, and these included sessions about professional skills, artistic skills, philosophy, history, and physical movement. Selected sessions: Jewish Film in the Ukrainian 1920s Avant-Garde, Artists Websites and Blogs 101, Creating Performance from Documentary Material, and Guided Improvisation.
Reflections from participents:
"Coming with no expectation, this went beyond my visionary idea of what it may be, and I'm extremely appreciative of the enriching experience I went through at the Asylum. Excited to keep in touch with you, with some of my new friendships acquired, and continue making my art by pursuing some of the great suggestions received at the retreat."
"A highlight was meeting other talented artists in the same position and with similar identity and migrant experiences as myself and exchanging creative ideas."
Photos by: Shulamit Seidler-Feller