The JVP Artist Council are Jews and allies who draw on our various histories and diverse disciplines to lift up radical Jewish histories; raise collective awareness about the Nakba and the ongoing colonization of historic Palestine; support local and national Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) campaigns, including cultural boycott; partner with Palestinian artists and uplift Palestinian cultural resistance; reclaim Jewish ritual and stories; center the voices and vision of Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews; and challenge the mobilization of Jewish trauma to support Israeli state violence. We seek to offer our art and cultural work to both strengthen organizing as well as shape its strategy.
Our projects seek to work accountably with Palestinian organizing and to forge links across movements for racial, gender, economic, and climate justice, to challenge intersecting forms of state violence and create joint movements of resistance.
Our work for a just peace in Israel/Palestine needs artists and cultural workers to help us envision more just and possible futures, not simply what is politically “practical” in this moment. Art compels us to question, invites us to memory, provokes us to act. What does a pluralistic, socially just, multi-ethnic, vibrant, safe, and flourishing Israel/Palestine look like? What do the houses and cities look like? Which books are on the shelves? What does an open, joyous, diverse, global Jewish community feel like? What do we pray about? How do our instruments sound?
Because art is one of our strongest tools for representing resistance, holding a mirror up to the world, and painting a picture of the world that we know is possible / will tirelessly work towards…