“I’m Thrilled AJT Exists”: How the Alliance for Jewish Theatre Supports, Promotes, and Connects Jewish Theatre Artists

The Alliance for Jewish Theatre, a CANVAS Emerging Network Grantee, is one of the few organizations promoting the creation and presentation of theatre about the Jewish experience.

CANVAS Year Two: Moving Forward, Looking Back

CANVAS Year Two: Moving Forward, Looking Back

This is the time of year when we share what we at CANVAS have been up to. It’s our annual peek behind the curtain to help explain our grantmaking and field-building efforts for the Jewish arts and culture world. It is also a chance to share how we’ve grown.

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Artists on Artists: Yevgeniy Fiks and Maria Veits

Artists on Artists: Yevgeniy Fiks and Maria Veits

The CANVAS Compendium returns from summer hiatus with an installment of Artists on Artists, when Jewish creatives share the work of Jewish artists they admire. This time we invited Yevgeniy Fiks and Maria Veits to choose artists, as their multinational project, Yiddishland Pavilion, is currently fascinating visitors online and at the Venice Biennale. Yevgeniy Fiks is a Moscow-born New York-based artist, author, and organizer of art exhibitions. His work is inspired by the collapse of the...

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Kultura Collective: Fostering Collaboration and Jewish Creativity in Toronto

Kultura Collective: Fostering Collaboration and Jewish Creativity in Toronto

“Toronto’s arts and culture scene is one to watch, and its Jewish ecosystem within it is thriving with world-class creativity.” So said Sam Mogelonsky, and she should know. Not only is she an accomplished visual artist, curator, and designer in her own right, she also is Director of Arts, Culture, and Heritage for the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and she heads up the Kultura Collective, an exciting UJA Federation of Greater Toronto initiative promoting bridge-building opportunities...

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Seeing Ourselves on the Page:The Global Impact of PJ Library

Seeing Ourselves on the Page:
The Global Impact of PJ Library

Born and raised in rural Vermont, Naomi Shulman was one of only three Jewish kids at her school. The books she read when she was younger had “incidentally Jewish” characters, if they had them at all.Later, as a burgeoning children’s book author and mother of two, Shulman noticed there were still very few books that spoke to her own experience. So she wrote her own.“I wanted to represent rural Jewish life,” Shulman said. “Yitzi, The Trusty Tractor was the kind of book I wish I had been able to...

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Jewish Museums: Hidden Gems

Jewish Museums: Hidden Gems

With pandemic restrictions easing, many of us are thinking about traveling again. With that in mind, we thought we’d point out a few Jewish museums that you may have overlooked.

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Artists on Artists: Julia Vogl and Gabriella Willenz

Artists on Artists: Julia Vogl and Gabriella Willenz

“Artists on Artists” is one of our favorite things at the Compendium, when we turn over the keys to Jewish artists we admire so they can share the work of Jewish artists they admire. This week it’s Julia Vogl and Gabriella Willenz, two brilliant interdisciplinary artists. 

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Spotlight on Ukraine: What’s at Risk and How to Help

Spotlight on Ukraine: What’s at Risk and How to Help

CANVAS is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the field of Jewish arts and culture. We founded this newsletter to amplify the work of our grantees and highlight the creativity of Jewish artists and writers. This week, however, we’d like to expand that notion and focus on Ukraine.

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