The Jewish Arts Collaborative

Let Culture Connect Us.

aka JArts   |   Newton Center, MA   |  www.jartsboston.org

Mission

JArts brings people together to explore and celebrate the diverse world of Jewish art, culture, and creative expression.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mrs. Laura Conrad Mandel

Main address

1320 Centre Street Suite 201

Newton Center, MA 02459 USA

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Formerly known as

New Center for Arts and Culture

EIN

37-1502657

NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Creative expression is essential to growth and understanding within our community. JArts programs provide opportunities for disparate pockets of our community to come together for meaningful experiences that build community and enhance our area.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Vision

We believe that great Jewish art should be a dynamic and compelling force in our community and in the regional cultural mix. We seek to bring people together for moving experiences inspired by Jewish traditions and themes, where everyone can explore the depths of its creativity and identity.
We are driven to share the richness of Jewish culture with all—those who love it, and those who know nothing of it. A presenter, curator, partner, advisor, advocate, and incubator, the Jewish Arts Collaborative also provides much-needed support for the talented creative artists furthering the culture in its many varied forms. Our ultimate goal? To bring people and the arts together for enrichment, enjoyment, understanding, introspection, and fun.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Jewish people
Interfaith groups
Secular groups

JArts fosters community dialogue and engagement through public art that reaches diverse audiences.

Population(s) Served

Community-wide celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Multiracial people
People of European descent
Jewish people

A Hanukkah mobile public art project created by Tova Speter that travels around the area encouraging participation in a community-created and community inspired project.

Population(s) Served

Restaurant-based exploration of Israeli culture across the state​.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Jewish people
Interfaith groups
Secular groups
Children and youth
Adults
Jewish people
Interfaith groups
Secular groups
Children and youth
Adults
Jewish people
Interfaith groups
Secular groups
Children and youth
Adults
Jewish people
Interfaith groups
Secular groups
Children and youth

A partnership with CJP to share inspiring diverse Jewish artistic content with communities across the area through performances/master classes/conversations​.

Population(s) Served
Secular groups
Jewish people
Interfaith groups
Children and youth
Adults
Secular groups
Jewish people
Interfaith groups
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Arts Boston 2022

MFA 2022

Council of American Jewish Museums 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Jewish people, Interfaith groups, Secular groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Free admissions includes viewers of public art installations.

Number of works exhibited temporarily

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Jewish people, Secular groups, Interfaith groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Vision

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Vision

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We shifted to a pay-what-you-can model in 2020 to decrease the barrier for participation. Our focus of 2022+ is to focus on a revenue model that is not ticket driven.

Total number of works commissioned

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This includes all public art projects and commissioned musical performances.

Number of hours of live broadcast

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This accounts for hours of JLive streams and online programs, some complimenting in person happenings.

Total dollars paid to artists

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Vision

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During a typical year, 75% of our program budget goes directly to artists. When we received PPP money, we spent it on artist payment. As our budget grows, the amount paid to artists will also grow.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Vision

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

JArts will be:
an essential resource for audiences seeking a contemporary Jewish experience in our region and beyond;
a dynamic force for unique, fun, and innovative cultural offerings;
a vehicle for Jewish cultural literacy through experiential education;
a key, respected player in both the Jewish and in the Arts communities;
a driver of community-wide collaborations that cross cultural and geographic divisions;
a supporter of the creation and presentation of new Jewish art;
and a national thought leader in Jewish arts and culture.

Express the universality of Jewish art and culture: bring people of all backgrounds together to understand the relevance and breadth of the
Jewish experience.

Enrich and deepen Jewish life in our region and beyond: Through the arts, provide additional ways to celebrate Jewish life and holidays as a community.

Intrigue and delight audiences by nurturing our innovative capacity: Develop the organization while maintaining nimbleness and a commitment to creativity.

Build organizational capacity: Strengthen the organizational structure, leadership, and fundraising to support program growth.

Through partnerships, we grow our audience and extend the reach of Jewish culture to an ever-growing roster of organizations. By forging strong relationships with local arts and cultural organizations, religious institutions, non-profits, and businesses, we gain the trust of
partners – and in turn – attract the attention of their audiences.

As our tagline says, let culture connect us. JArts exists to immerse and inspire as many people as possible in Jewish culture. Ensuring low barriers to participation are critical to achieving this. Geography, audience age/stage, and cost can pose barriers to participation we seek to reduce.

In sharing powerful Jewish art from across time and across the globe, JArts highlights the DIVERSITY of the Jewish experience and the relevance of  the  great art that shaped our traditions. By doing so, JArts provides powerful opportunities to broaden knowledge of what is “Jewish” and to promote inclusivity and tolerance.  

COLLABORATIONS are core to the JArts model. More than a promotional tool, collaborations with neighborhood groups, fellow nonprofits, and businesses are crucial to engaging the community and bringing people together across different backgrounds. Art is the foundation for building an ever-growing roster of collaborations uniting organizations from across the community in our efforts to share our culture, celebrate our traditions and reflect the universality of our values.  

In just our first four years, JArts has reached an estimated 27,000 people at in person events and an estimated 73,000 people through public art campaigns.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Jewish Arts Collaborative

Board of directors
as of 07/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christopher Wyett

Paula Sidman

Past Chair

Ronald Druker

Past Chair

Daniel Navisky

Barry Weisman

Alan Rottenberg

Suzanne Priebatsch

Chris Wyett

Chair

Lara Freishtat

Clerk

Kerry Epstein

Immediate Past Chair

Alison Hammer

Sari Rapkin

Harriet Goldin

Alison Judd

David Orlinoff

Carey Schwartz

Rosalind Gorin

Morris Housen

Molly Goodman

Hankus Netsky

Emeritus

Barry Shrage

Jeff Freedman

Lorre Polinger

Bonnie Margulies

Gerald Slavet

Kevin Steinberg

Treasurer

Michael Miller

Past Chair, Emeritus

Sam Mendoza Fraiman

Caron Tabb

Vice Chair

Jessica Alpert Silber

Howard Cohen

Past Chair

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/19/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.