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Six Points is not the only New York Jewish arts organization to close up shop in recent years. JDub, one of the Six Points founding organizations, closed its doors in 2011 and another, Avoda Arts, has decreased its programming. Six Points is currently in the process of becoming a program of the Foundation for Jewish Culture alone. Guber also pointed to the closing of the 92Y Tribeca this summer as a sign of a diminished Jewish arts scene in New York.
“I think there seems to be a shift away from the power of Jewish arts and culture in terms of those who are making decisions about funding, and I think that’s a huge, huge loss,” she said. “Six Points is part of that larger conversation.”
While the last New York cohort of artists ended in December 2012, the Los Angles program will continue until the end of 2013, and possibly longer. Unlike the New York program, which relied on a single funder, the Los Angeles Six Points Fellowship has a trio of supporters in the Los Angeles Federation, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and the Righteous Persons Foundation.
Feldman, who helped start the Los Angeles program in 2011, said that he is optimistic that Six Points will continue in L.A., and that it may start up in other cities, including a possible return to New York.
“If you look at the trajectory of the program, we might not be able to begin again right away,” he said. “But it’s also possible that in a matter of time we might be able to raise additional funds and bring the program back to New York, as well. The impact of the program will continue.”
Ezra Glinter is the Forward’s deputy arts editor. Follow him on Twitter @EzraG