Art Kibbutz is delighted to announce the launch of its first-ever spring residency program at Camp Eden Village – a spectacular 248-acre venue bordered on three sides by the wooded hills of Clarence Fahnestock State Park in the Hudson Valley, 50 miles north of New York City. The pilot residency provides participants with the power to shape an innovative new program, the only one of its kind to explore creative art, Jewish teachings and tradition and environmental awareness. This project marks a significant step that Art Kibbutz is taking towards the creation of an international Jewish artist colony at a permanent location.
As host, Art Kibbutz will provide artists with a peaceful, supportive, Jewish environment -- including living and studio space -- in a magnificent natural setting only 45 minutes from New York City in Putnam Valley.
The residency – scheduled to take place from May 1-22 2013 -- will be specifically dedicated towards nurturing an artistic response to current issues pertaining to the natural environment, farming and sustainability through a Jewish lens. In addition to a bedroom and gourmet kosher vegan meals, each artist will be provided with studio or work space. A central focus of the residency will be to encourage the artists to work outdoors, creating land art
JEWISH ENVIRONMENTAL/LAND ART
The purpose of the residency program is to give collaborative and creative responses to climate change, food security, and sustainable development. This revolutionary, unprecedented project will be a living model of a thriving, inspired, sustainable Jewish artistic community, grounded in social responsibility. Participants will analyze binary systems of opposition that articulate differences between art/life, nature/culture, and public/private. They will challenge boundaries that separate the maintenance of daily life from the role of an artist in society - stimulating positive community involvement toward ecological sustainability through learning sessions, open discussions, and programs. We hope this experience will transform the artists by deepening their sense of personal purpose, contribution and Jewish identity, the artworks created will deepen the Jewish community’s commitment to healing the planet.
The residency program will balance concentrated, productive work time with the rich stimulation of cultural exchange. During the day, artists will work free of the constraints of the art world and external stress. Opportunities will be offered throughout the residency for Jewish learning and communal events, including Shabbat experiences; presentation opportunities; events; day trips & hikes; networking with prominent Jewish scholars, community leaders, curators and artists, including Andras Borocz (Hungary), Nikki Green (Australia), Professors Marc Michael Epstein (Vassar) and Jonathan Schorsch (Columbia). Artists will have the opportunity to present their work and network with the New York arts world and Jewish community.
During the festival of Shavuot, which takes place May 15-17 this year, a special holiday retreat will take place at Camp Eden Village. The artists are welcome to participate fully. Led by renowned Jewish spiritual leaders, there will be a special emphasis on art and culture in the holiday celebration and observance. Furthermore, participants in the Shavuot retreat will be able to interface with the artists-in-residence, attending master classes and collaborating in projects.
Patricia Eszter Margit