NJCF 2019-20 Application

We seek 6 Brooklyn-based emerging artists for the September 2019-May 2020 season. Applicants will propose a new or continuing project with Jewish themes that would benefit from sustained learning, accountability, and feedback. Fellows will meet for an inaugural overnight retreat in early September, followed by monthly group gatherings and chevruta (partner) workshop sessions.

Each fellow will get to present their work in a public event during the season, and will receive a stipend of $4,000 to support the development of their project.

Applications close at midnight on June 17, 2019. Fellows will be notified in July about the status of their applications; the process may include an interview.

Eligibility and Expectations

Fellows will:

  • Reside in Brooklyn from time of application through (at least) May 2020

  • Be emerging Jewish artists: early enough in their careers so as to benefit from the resources of this fellowship, but also serious enough about their practice to be working in their fields

  • Attend a one-night retreat, September 7-8, 2019

  • Attend 2-hour monthly meetings that will take place on Wednesday evenings (7-9 pm) from September to May, and separate chevruta (partner) sessions to be coordinated by fellows

  • Complete generative and/or scholarly assignments between meetings

  • Produce an event of their own work during the course of the fellowship season

More detailed information about expectations and program will be provided to selected applicants.  

No level of fluency in Jewish language, text, or tradition is required. When we say “Jewish,” we mean Jews of all backgrounds, and when we say “artists,” we mean creators in all artistic fields (writers, visual artists, musicians, etc.). The fellowship will approach questions through cultural, intellectual, political, and artistic Jewish lenses. If you’re an artist who has never—or hasn’t recently—felt that there was a Jewish space in which you could create and share your work, then this fellowship might be right for you.

Questions? Email culture@brooklynjews.com for more information.