Applications due today by midnight!

Calling all artists and cultural organizers!

JFREJ is applying for the Creatives Rebuild NY Artist Employment Program. This is a two-year grant (July 1, 2022 - June 31, 2024) for artists and organizations to work together collaboratively.

If our grant application succeeds, artists will receive $65k each year, and JFREJ will receive additional funds to support our cultural work. The grant will support up to ten artists per organization.

We need to submit JFREJ's application by Friday, March 25 to be considered for this incredibly exciting opportunity to resource artists in our community and beyond. Please review the following information carefully.

If you are eligible and interested in being included in JFREJ's Creatives Rebuild NY submission, please fill out the application form below by this coming Monday, March 21, at midnight ET.

  • We will review your application promptly and respond for follow up questions and a possible brief interview before March 25.
  • JFREJ will learn on April 11 if we have advanced to the next round in the submission process.

The only criteria for eligibility are:

  1. Artists must plan to primarily live in New York State for the duration of the program (July 1, 2022 - June 31, 2024);
  2. Artists can commit to participate in one of the program areas listed below;
  3. Artists identify as Jewish;
  4. ​​Artists are in alignment with JFREJ’s mission, values, and political goals.

All other questions on the application form are so we can get to know you better, determine whether you are a good fit for this program, and ensure that we have a diverse group of applicants. No one answer is disqualifying.

Program Areas:

  • Program Area #1: Mass Participation in Social Change through Cultural Production
    Bring cultural workers into the process of developing and implementing JFREJ’s arts and ritual strategy. Create toolkits, guides, and workshops, as well as talking points to allow anyone to create art and ritual that supports our goals (here are two examples). Create channels for the sharing these artists’ work, such as drop boxes, online galleries, Twitter and Instagram feeds, and online stores.
  • Program Area #2: Diasporic Street Band & Tactics Squad
    Create dedicated capacity to prepare and lead our community to do more Jewish cultural work in response to movement moments and political emergencies. Add new street and online tactics to our repertoire, and create a band or pool of committed musicians and artists. Over time, this squad can: cultivate a stock of visual art materials; create a repository of songs and music; organizer dancers and song leaders; learn various kinds of Jewish diasporic music as well as non-Jewish music; and educate other members of the JFREJ community.

You do not have to be a member of JFREJ to apply, however this program will require you to work in deep collaboration with JFREJ members and staff in support of our work. We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with JFREJ's vision, community, and campaigns before you decide whether to submit an application. You may answer the questions at whatever length you choose.

Jews of Color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, women and gender nonconforming people, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, born-and-raised New Yorkers, and people who live or have lived in poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

(Note: We want this process to be fast and painless. If you have a longstanding relationship with JFREJ, you can provide cursory answers to any question you believe staff already know the answer to. However, we may follow up to solicit additional information.)