The first-ever CANVAS Jewish Arts + Culture Funder Summit.

Why art? Why now? Because in a time of great division and uncertainty, we feel a strong pull to gather in person and immerse ourselves in the beauty, complexity, diversity, and mystery of creativity. We hear the call to assemble, to learn from one another, to be inspired, to radiate hope and imagination.

These are the reasons we want to invite you to join us in September and say together:

HERE I AM. HERE WE ARE…in support of Jewish creativity.

Filled with performances, panels, presentations, and art, the 2022 Summit will be a chance to imagine a more vibrant and colorful future, together. Plus, it’s happening in New England in autumn at the Yiddish Book Center—the gorgeous repository for a previous Jewish renaissance.

Our early bird registration rate ($975) is available through Friday, August 5th. Starting on August 6th, the registration fee will be $1,200.

Click here to register now.

Click here to learn about CANVAS.


Registration/check-in begins at noon Sunday, September 18 at the Yiddish Book Center. Program begins at 2pm.

The Summit concludes on Tuesday, September 20 at noon.


The Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002


A celebratory conference for dedicated funders that will showcase top contemporary creatives, CANVAS grantees, and strategic approaches to supporting the field.


Stay tuned for more speaker and performance announcements here.  

Performers and Presenters

Rabbi Marc Baker, President and CEO, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Siona Benjamin, transcultural artist

Naomi Firestone-Teeter, Executive Director, Jewish Book Council

Winnie Sandler Grinspoon, President, Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Roberta Grossman, Producing Director, Jewish Story Partners

Rebecca Guber, Founding Director of The Neighborhood and Asylum Arts

Eva Heinstein, Senior Research Fellow at the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership

Rachel Kadish, Author of National Jewish Book Award-Winning The Weight of Ink

David Katznelson, CEO, Reboot

Sophie Krentzman, Director of Arts & Culture, CJP

Aaron Lansky, President and Founder, Yiddish Book Center

Caroline Libresco, Artistic Director, Jewish Story Partners

Laura Conrad Mandel, Executive Director, JArts

Adam McKinney, Dancer, Choreographer, Community Activist

Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director, LABA

Shayna Rose Triebwasser, Executive Director, Righteous Persons Foundation

Julie Weitz, visual and performance artist

Jane Weitzman, author and philanthropist

Melissa Martens Yaverbaum, Executive Director, Council of American Jewish Museums



The Inn on Boltwood and the Hotel Northampton. Due to limited availability, hotel reservations are limited to registered participants in the Summit. We’ve reserved a block of rooms only for funders; you will have received booking codes with your registration confirmation. We thank you for your understanding.



Bradley International Airport is about 50 minutes to the Yiddish Book Center by car. You can find car rental information for Bradley here.

Boston Logan International Airport is about two hours and fifteen minutes to the Yiddish Book Center by car. You can find car rental information for Boston Logan here.


Amtrak’s Northampton, MA station is about a 15-minute drive to the Yiddish Book Center. 

We are working on provisions for transport during the Summit. Please check back for more details.

Covid policy

Visitors over the age of 12 will be required to show their vaccination card (issued either by the Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization) with proof that they are fully vaccinated with any of the US-approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson), and that they have received a booster shot. Vaccines will be required for children who are eligible. Children under five will be permitted in the building unvaccinated. We are available to answer further questions. 


We will provide a private, comfortable space for lactation. 


The Yiddish Book Center is fully accessible. We have hearing assisted devices available for use in the Applebaum Driker Theatre and the Performance Hall.


We will have a designated gender neutral bathroom with individual stalls.

Refund policy

If you need to cancel your registration, email CANVAS’s refund policy is as follows:

  • Through August 5: Full refund minus $75 administration fees
  • Through August 19: 50% refund
  • Beginning August 20: No refund

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