Highlights from the Jerusalem Foundation Innovation Fund projects


Jerusalem has recently seen a wellspring of new, innovative projects taking place across the city. And amongst them are dozens of projects receiving support and funding from the Jerusalem Foundation Community and Culture Innovation Fund.


The $1.25 million fund, which was launched in the fall of 2020 together with our US-based affiliate Jerusalem Foundation Inc, awards grants to projects and organizations working in the fields of culture and community and which foster collaboration and innovative new ideas. Nearly 200 submissions were made in response to the first ‘Call for Proposals’ and, in February, we announced the 45 culture and community projects to be awarded grants ranging between $10,000 and $50,000.


Many of the projects are well underway, and we are highlighting a selection of them through a series of videos appearing on our social media platforms.


Jerusalem Music Centre Concerts for Holocaust Survivors: A partnership between the Jerusalem Music Centre and Cafe Europa, to bring accessible and covid-safe concerts to Holocaust survivors living in Jerusalem.


Mishkenot Sha’ananim Writers Festival: Mishkenot Sha’ananim held their annual Jerusalem Writers Festival, combining in-person events with live-streams accessible to a wider audience.


Yellow Submarine: The Yellow Submarine, a live music venue, produced the ‘International Music Showcase’, a four-day live-streamed music extravaganza.


Khan Theater production at Hansen House: The Khan Theatre partnered with Hansen House to produce ‘A Wedding in Times of Plague’, a unique, interactive show taking place across the Hansen House complex, tailored to the restrictions of the pandemic.


New Spirit: Adapting a center-city historic site as the home for New Spirit, a hub for nurturing cultural and creative-class non-profit NGO’s and start-ups.


Public Parking – by the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance: Enabling dance students to engage with audiences in unconventional public spaces.


Jerusalem Jazz Festival: The Jerusalem Jazz Festival invited three groundbreaking film directors to work with three outstanding musical groups to create the Video Live program, original visual works that weaved in with the live shows on stage to present a dazzling multi-sensory work.

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