Video by: Barak Heymann
New Israel Fund views arts and culture as an essential element of social change. We know that social change requires inspiration, imagination and creativity. The arts are essential work. Artists are essential workers - for our movements, for society, for democracy and for all of our souls.
The Coronavirus crisis has hit people across the globe in different and devastating ways. In Israel we have seen known inequities and government corruptions brought to the forefront by the virus. With the generous support of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and others, New Israel Fund has been able to enable work on behalf of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups while also working to protect democratic norms and institutions. We know that artists in Israel have been hit hard by the virus and economic crises - with no clear end in sight.
Why is art essential right now?
We are grateful for the opportunity to make 14 Essential Arts support grants to artists and creators who work with courage and creativity.