Studio of Her Own

We are the only initiative in Jerusalem dedicated to the promotion of Jewish religious women visual artists. Our vision is bold and inspiring to make the art works of religious women artists present and visible in Jerusalem's public sphere, to increase the dialogue around their art, and so to serve

Location: Jerusalem , Israel
Year founded: 2010

Description

Studio of Her Own is a unique cultural initiative designed to promote artistic creations of religious women artists and enrich the public cultural scene by introducing bold art-works through a gendered lens. We are the only organization in Jerusalem and countrywide that focuses on addressing the needs of emerging Jewish religious women artists in advancing their artistic careers and gaining public exposure and recognition. .

Since its establishment in 2010, Studio of her own has served more than 35 emerging religious women artists through its unique incubator program. The participating artists are all graduates of prestigious art schools (such as the Bezale'l Academy for the Arts) and other professional college-level art programs and come from across the religious spectrum.

Studio of Her Own serves as a platform to advance the business goals and financial independence of the artists by providing:

  • A physical and mental space: artists are offered the ability to work in a creative incubator with access to a physical space to develop their studio practice. Close proximity to other artists gives them the opportunity to get feedback and gain a professional peer group.
  • Financial and business management training: artists achieve the means to gain economic independence by studying in a course designed to teach the basics of developing and advancing business initiatives (in conjunction with MATI in Jerusalem),
  • Opportunities for public exposure: artists gain exposure through art exhibits presented to the wider public, and
  • Personal mentoring: artists benefit from individually tailored role modeling and access to networks.
  • Opportunities for meaningful communal work: artists engage in community voluntary work, such as teaching art to girls at risk, empowering women victims of domestic violence and more.

Naeighbors Project / ACHER - Katamonim 2018 - Art in the public space.

About

The Katamonim streets are all named after Gmara scholars (Chachamim), but one of them is missing - Rabi Elisha Ben Avoya, also known as Acher- אחר (different- the 'other'), who had left the religion but remained a close studies colleague of the greatest Chacam of the era. We would like to reframe and rename several streets in his name, and create a community artworks and activities trail.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

Jerusalem's public sphere is lacking female presence in images or visuals due to religious conservatism. Studio of Her Own works to change that by bringing artistic creations of women into shared public and communal spaces, such as Neighbors art project. SOHO is a unique cultural initiative designed to promote artistic creations of religious women artists and enrich the public cultural scene by introducing bold art-works through gendered lens. Our aim is to serve as a platform for cross-community and cross cultural dialogue within and outside Jerusalem, through art created by women. we use the arts as a bridge to connect Jerusalem's different communities, as an educational tool to promote cross-community tolerance and understanding amongst its residents. As a matter of fact, the Studio and its programs were built In Jerusalem, a microcosm of the Israeli society. Our long-term aim is to serve as a platform for cross-community and cross cultural dialogue within and outside Jerusalem, through art created by women. The Studio is based and operates in Katamonim, a neeighborhood in Jerusalem in wich the project takes place.


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Program Description

The chosen path goes through 2 synagogues,
playground parks, school for children with special needs, and the Butke
community cafe. All of them will participate in the art project. Katamonim is home
to variety of groups - including families of low socio-economic status, for
whom arts are not accessible, and a diverse group of young families who chose
to live there for the relatively low rents, and a group of young adults who had
left their religious communities. Through the project, we would like to create
connection between the different local communities and exemplify that there a
space for everyone to express their opinions and identities and invite to a
discourse based on artistic creation. The Neighbors project will
assist us to make the art works of religious women artists present and
visible in Jerusalem's public sphere, and to spark cross-cultural
dialogue around their art, and thus serve as a bridge between the city's
diverse populations.

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Demonstrated Need

The Katamonim streets are all named after Gmara scholars (Chachamim), but one of them is missing - Rabi Elisha Ben Avoya, also known as Acher (different- the 'other'), who had left the religion but remained a close studies colleague of the greatest Chacam of the era. We would like to reframe and rename several streets in his name, and create a community artworks and activities trail. The chosen path goes through 2 synagogues, playground parks, school for children with special needs, and the Butke community café.

The project is based on several artworks to be especially created and situated in public spaces throughout the neighborhood. A large scale opening event will include the Butke community café and the Israeli Kleizmer group active in the neighborhood. For 3 months, a weekly tour on Shabat afternoon will explore the nieghborhod, the artworks and the story of Acher - Elisha Ben Avoya. Visual and plastic artworks will be presented on walls and fences (on the exterior of the local Mikveh for example) and other artistic creation in the fields of theatre and performance (Rachel Keshet Theatre Group and Pandora Collective) will be presented in other locations (such as the Butke). Additionally, we will hold a unique workshop for children with special needs. The product of this workshop will be presented on the exterior walls of their school.

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Program Accomplishments

We would like to achive few notable accomplishments:

a) The neighborhood is improved aesthetically, with a number of artworks exhibited along its streets.

b) The Studio and its work are known among community residents.

c) Significant collaborations with local residents and organizations active in culture and education - are formed for future cooperation.

d) Increased awareness to the need for tolerance and acceptance toward difeerent lifestyles and world views.

e) Support to local organizations and practitioners in the field of education, culture and community empowerment.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

The project has both quantitative and qualitative benchmarks to evaluate our success:

1. The number of neighbors that will be exposed to the art works every day, and the number of neighbors that will participate the culture events that will be in the ACHER path.

2. The number of art works that will be located throughout the path

3. The number of community social and culture organizations that will take a part in the project

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Naeighbors Project / ACHER - Katamonim 2018 - Art in the public space.

About

The Katamonim streets are all named after Gmara scholars (Chachamim), but one of them is missing - Rabi Elisha Ben Avoya, also known as Acher- אחר (different- the 'other'), who had left the religion but remained a close studies colleague of the greatest Chacam of the era. We would like to reframe and rename several streets in his name, and create a community artworks and activities trail.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

Jerusalem's public sphere is lacking female presence in images or visuals due to religious conservatism. Studio of Her Own works to change that by bringing artistic creations of women into shared public and communal spaces, such as Neighbors art project. SOHO is a unique cultural initiative designed to promote artistic creations of religious women artists and enrich the public cultural scene by introducing bold art-works through gendered lens. Our aim is to serve as a platform for cross-community and cross cultural dialogue within and outside Jerusalem, through art created by women. we use the arts as a bridge to connect Jerusalem's different communities, as an educational tool to promote cross-community tolerance and understanding amongst its residents. As a matter of fact, the Studio and its programs were built In Jerusalem, a microcosm of the Israeli society. Our long-term aim is to serve as a platform for cross-community and cross cultural dialogue within and outside Jerusalem, through art created by women. The Studio is based and operates in Katamonim, a neeighborhood in Jerusalem in wich the project takes place.


Back to Top

Program Description

The chosen path goes through 2 synagogues,
playground parks, school for children with special needs, and the Butke
community cafe. All of them will participate in the art project. Katamonim is home
to variety of groups - including families of low socio-economic status, for
whom arts are not accessible, and a diverse group of young families who chose
to live there for the relatively low rents, and a group of young adults who had
left their religious communities. Through the project, we would like to create
connection between the different local communities and exemplify that there a
space for everyone to express their opinions and identities and invite to a
discourse based on artistic creation. The Neighbors project will
assist us to make the art works of religious women artists present and
visible in Jerusalem's public sphere, and to spark cross-cultural
dialogue around their art, and thus serve as a bridge between the city's
diverse populations.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

The Katamonim streets are all named after Gmara scholars (Chachamim), but one of them is missing - Rabi Elisha Ben Avoya, also known as Acher (different- the 'other'), who had left the religion but remained a close studies colleague of the greatest Chacam of the era. We would like to reframe and rename several streets in his name, and create a community artworks and activities trail. The chosen path goes through 2 synagogues, playground parks, school for children with special needs, and the Butke community café.

The project is based on several artworks to be especially created and situated in public spaces throughout the neighborhood. A large scale opening event will include the Butke community café and the Israeli Kleizmer group active in the neighborhood. For 3 months, a weekly tour on Shabat afternoon will explore the nieghborhod, the artworks and the story of Acher - Elisha Ben Avoya. Visual and plastic artworks will be presented on walls and fences (on the exterior of the local Mikveh for example) and other artistic creation in the fields of theatre and performance (Rachel Keshet Theatre Group and Pandora Collective) will be presented in other locations (such as the Butke). Additionally, we will hold a unique workshop for children with special needs. The product of this workshop will be presented on the exterior walls of their school.

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Program Accomplishments

We would like to achive few notable accomplishments:

a) The neighborhood is improved aesthetically, with a number of artworks exhibited along its streets.

b) The Studio and its work are known among community residents.

c) Significant collaborations with local residents and organizations active in culture and education - are formed for future cooperation.

d) Increased awareness to the need for tolerance and acceptance toward difeerent lifestyles and world views.

e) Support to local organizations and practitioners in the field of education, culture and community empowerment.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

The project has both quantitative and qualitative benchmarks to evaluate our success:

1. The number of neighbors that will be exposed to the art works every day, and the number of neighbors that will participate the culture events that will be in the ACHER path.

2. The number of art works that will be located throughout the path

3. The number of community social and culture organizations that will take a part in the project

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