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MAY 3-6, 2015 ยท GARRISON, NY


In March of 2013, sixty-five multi-disciplinary artists from around the world came together at the beautiful Garrison Institute to learn from industry professionals, working artists, and from each other.

In March of 2014, we did it again.

May 2015 now marks the third annual International Jewish Artist Retreat.

We are continuing to grow our global community of Jewish artists for the third year of Asylum Arts: International Jewish Artist Retreat.


The 3-day retreat allows artists to explore and deepen their connection to Jewish ideas, culture, and community, with an international group of like-minded artists. The group usually includes visual artists, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, photographers, filmmakers, screenwriters, poets, and writers! We will bring together artists from all disciplines, working at a high level of excellence, and dedicated to pursuing a professional career as creators of new works. The retreat includes master classes and seminars by professionals from leading arts organizations, empowering emerging artists with the professional skills necessary for a more successful long-term career in the arts.

The retreat will include Master Classes taught by experts in the field, these include sessions such as PR and Marketing, Financial Management, Negotiation, and Individual Fundraising.  There will also be sessions that are led by participating artists, these tend to be quite diverse and in the past have included sessions such as A Brief History of Jewish Typography and Bookmaking, Artists Websites and Blogs, Creating Performance from Documentary Material, Guided Improvisation, and The Art of Proposal Writing. There will also be unstructured creative work time, during which  participants can create their own programming, explore collaborations, or be inspired by the beautiful woods around the Garrison Institute.

By bringing together a global community of emerging Jewish artists, new art and relationships will be fostered that cross national boundaries and artistic mediums.  In 2014, we offered grants for projects and ideas that arose at the retreat, and in 2015 we plan to do the same. 

To view participating artists and photos from past retreats: 2014 | 2013 


What do you mean by “art creators?”Asylum is looking to build a community of art creators. This means we are looking for artists who generate their own work, rather than those who interpret the work of others (e.g. actors or singers – though we appreciate what they do!)

Can I come for only part of the retreat?
We are asking everyone to commit to the entire period of the retreat, from Sunday to Wednesday, as we believe that being present for the entirety of the retreat is essential to the goals of both communal and professional development.

Why is this retreat different from all other retreats?
The inaugural Asylum retreat, in March of 2013, was the first such international gathering of emerging Jewish artists, and we are thrilled to continue exploring the potential for exciting and meaningful moments of interaction, learning, and community-building. Since the retreat, the artists have continued collaborating to create new work, support each other’s careers, and use new skills that they picked up at the retreat.

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Connection Points is a series of local and thematic peer-led gatherings designed to empower participants to work in partnership to create new, and strengthen existing, avenues of Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers. Connection Points is an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

In 2015, eleven Connection Point gatherings will take place on five continents with themes ranging from education to the arts, community building to international development, inclusivity, social justice and more.

About the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman) is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. Schusterman pursues its mission by working collaboratively with others to support and operate high-quality education, identity development, leadership training and service programs designed to help young people cultivate their growth as individuals and as leaders.

For more than two decades, Schusterman has been advancing a vision of a diverse, dynamic Jewish future deeply connected to Israel and committed to making the world a better place. Schusterman launched its global Connection Points program as part of its broader efforts to empower young Jews to take a lead role in shaping and perpetuating this vibrant future.

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Applications are now closed, thanks to everyone who has applied.