The retreat included professional development workshops, Jewish learning, and the opportunity to share and discuss the artists' own work. The professional development workshops were both peer-led and led by art professionals. This year, there was also unstructured time to explore new creative ideas, spend time in the outdoors, and engage with other artists. The retreat was held at The Garrison Institute, a historic and beautiful former monastery on the Hudson River in Garrison, NY, from March 23-26, 2014.
Master Classes included “How to Use Marketing to Increase Your Profile,” “Financial Management for Artists,” “Reflection Planning and Goal Setting,” “Fundraising: The American Model of Individual Giving and How to Make it Work for You,” “Negotiating Relationships for Artists” “Presenting Emerging Artists: Best Practices for Relationships with Presenters.”
The retreat also included sessions led by artist-participants, and these were incredibly diverse, including sessions about professional skills, artistic skills, philosophy, history, and physical movement. Selected sessions were “Jewish Film in the Ukrainian 1920s Avant-Garde,” “Artists Websites and Blogs 101,” “Creating Performance from Documentary Material,” “Recipes of the Elders of Zion, ” and “Guided Improvisation.”
Nearly seventy artists joined our growing global community of Jewish artists at the second year of Asylum Arts: International Jewish Artist Retreat. This opportunity allowed them to explore and deepen their connection to Jewish ideas, culture, and community, with an international group of like-minded artists.
We were joined by visual artists, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, photographers, filmmakers, screenwriters, poets, and writers. The artists from all disciplines, working at a high level of excellence, and dedicated to pursuing a professional career as creators of new works. Participants also explored Jewish themes and ideas, and had the opportunity to share and discuss their own work.
Bringing together a global community of emerging Jewish artists, new art and relationships were fostered that cross national boundaries and artistic mediums. This year, we offered grants for ideas that arose from the retreat, and 30 artists from 2014 and 2013 recieved grants for creative projects.
"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
"A highlight was meeting other talented artists in the same position and with similar
identity and migrant experiences as myself and exchanging creative ideas."