Grantees

CANVAS grants are by invitation only. 

Asylum Arts, a global network of Jewish artists with 676 members in the Americas, Israel, Europe, Australia and Africa, supports contemporary Jewish culture on an international scale, bringing greater exposure to artists and cultural initiatives and creating opportunities for new projects and collaborations. Artists join the network by attending facilitated multi-day retreats, and receive small grants to create new work. Asylum Arts believes in the power of face-to-face meetings as a way to build community and to strengthen relationships and skills among artists working in the Jewish cultural landscape. Since 2013, it has held 20 retreats in 11 locations throughout the world, and it currently runs an artist residency in California. Asylum Arts provides professional development, skill-building and capacity support for artists as they seek to build careers in the arts and have a greater impact on audiences.

Asylum Arts also supports select network artists with small grants that enable them to develop creative projects that explore Jewish and Israeli ideas.

The Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM) is the national voice for Jewish museums across 60 communities in the United States and Canada. For more than 40 years, CAJM has been the central network for Jewish museums—bringing together colleagues and thought leaders for field-wide advancement. CAJM is the field’s source for promoting new thinking, collaborations, innovative practice, and community engagement. It works to strengthen its member institutions as visible, vibrant, magnetic arenas for the expression of Jewish culture and community. It is the leading forum for Jewish museums in North America and the professionals and creatives that work with them, and is a conduit to colleagues working in Jewish culture and museums at large.

Jewish Book Council‘s mission is to promote the reading, writing, and publishing of Jewish literature. Engaging and educating authors and readers across the globe, Jewish Book Council’s goal is to enrich the connection to Jewish life and identity and to create conversations with generations of readers across our Jewish communities. Through public programs; book club resources; a print literary journal, Paper Brigade; weekly essays, interviews, and reviews online; conferences; partnerships with cultural arts organizations; and over 20 literary awards, including the National Jewish Book Awards, JBC provides tools for substantive conversations about Jewish experience. 

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture is a premier incubator for Jewish art and culture. Its goal is to present Judaism’s rich literary and intellectual tradition in a free-flowing, intellectually rigorous, and endlessly playful environment so that these stories and ideas spark new thought and art. LABA’s mission is to reignite the community space with a constant exchange between artists, their work, and the community.

LABA is a non-religious house of study and culture that uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue, and exploration. LABA’s home is the 14th Street Y, one of Educational Alliance’s community centers in New York City. Educational Alliance has a storied history of investing in Jewish arts and cultural programming. For 130 years, Educational Alliance has inspired culture-makers to innovate Jewish life through the arts. Since 2008, LABA has been the modern, successful manifestation of this legacy extending into all programs at the Y and encouraging deep engagement with Jewish text and life. The creative output of LABA pushes the boundaries of what Jewish art can be and what Jewish texts can teach. LABA has been named one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in North America by the Slingshot Guide and is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2015, LABA expanded to Buenos Aires and recently to the East Bay. With CANVAS funding, the LABA network can seed new work, expand its reach through its satellite locations, and enhance LABA content and thought.

Reboot reimagines, reinvents and reinforces Jewish culture and traditions for wandering Jews and the world we live in. Reboot envisions powerful creative arts and cultural experiences – drawn from the rich treasures of Judaism – transforming, inspiring and rekindling Jewish connections and meaning in our day-to-day lives. As a premier R&D platform in the Jewish world, Reboot touches lives by engaging the most talented community of creatives to design, produce, and share with the world enticing, imaginative, memorable, and experiential projects and programs that are relevant for the 21st century.