On May 15, Speakers’ Lab and the Forward will present a moderated town hall-style event called “Now What? The Future of New Jewish Culture” at the 14th Street Y in downtown New York City. In preparation for the event, each panelist was asked to respond to a question related to his or her work. The Forward will publish one panelist’s response every Tuesday leading up to the event, and a second panelist’s response will be published on Speakers’ Lab’s website that same day.
This Week Elise Bernhardt, President and CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Culture, writes about the lack of support for Jewish art today. And on Speakers’ Lab, Stephen Hazan Arnoff, Executive Director of the 14th Street Y, writes about the need for a Jewish cultural policy.
Speakers’ Lab: When the Jewish music label JDub Records folded last year, you attributed it to the failure of the Jewish philanthropic system. Before you came to FJC, you were Artistic Advisor for New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival and Executive Director of The Kitchen performance space. Do you think there is more support for arts and culture in the general American public than in the Jewish community? Is this lack of support for the arts a Jewish problem or an American problem?