Reciprocity: LA Artist Retreat 2017
November 12-14, 2017 ยท Los Angeles, CA

Horses, goats, fish, chickens, bows and arrows – it was all pretty unusual, even for an Asylum Arts Retreat. We were so pleased to return to American Jewish University’s Brandeis Bardin Campus for a second edition of Reciprocity: LA Artist Retreat, and those of us back in Brooklyn are already missing that gorgeous sunshine. Our group of musicians, theater makers, visual artists, choreographers, poets, and filmmakers were joyful, generous, and inspiring. We spent time learning more about each other and each person’s creative perspective and Jewish background. We explored the unique complexity of the city of Los Angeles, and built some structures and resources for the group to leverage as they present work and expand their practice.

Photo by Matt Garcia

A highlight of our time was a surreal evening inside the futuristic House of the Book, a hidden architectural gem on top of a mountain, where we were led through a workshop-performance by Dan Levenson, as art students enrolled in the modernist faux-art school, SKZ.

HOB Dan Levenson 

We learned about the support for artists from the City of LA, explored Jewish text through movement, and had some outdoor adventures.  We had such fun meeting everyone and working with our wonderful colleagues from American Jewish University (thanks Rotem!) and we look forward to seeing how the group continues to build and grow.


The Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC) is a proud project of American Jewish University (AJU). The IJC encourages artistic contributions to create an authentic, thriving American Jewish culture. AJU’s core values are learning and scholarship, culture, ethics, leadership, and peoplehood.  For almost 70 years AJU has served as a thriving center and resource for individuals to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity. AJU is one of the largest and most innovative Jewish institutions in the country. The Institute for Jewish Creativity is made possible through a generous Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.