Jewish Arts & Artists In A Time Of COVID-19

Thursday, April 02, 2020, 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT
New York, NY
United States

In a prolonged moment of social distancing and sheltering in place, we find ourselves turning to artists for help. Artists and creatives are actively providing entertainment and distraction when we are stranded in our homes. They are helping us empathize with those who are suffering, process our own feelings, and let us try to come to terms with our new reality, together. 

But artists are also among the first to suffer in this moment. 

Working artists have seen their incomes evaporate. Performances, gallery openings, standing gigs, book releases, all have been cancelled or put on indefinite hold.

This conversation, hosted by CANVAS -- a new collaborative giving fund devoted to Jewish arts & culture and incubated at JFN -- will give participants a firsthand account of how these issues are playing out in real-time, and how funders within the Jewish community and beyond are rising to the occasion.


Lou Cove
Founder of CANVAS & Senior Advisor at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Lou Cove is an author, speaker, and fundraising guru. He has devoted his career to the intersection of creativity and capacity-building, helping launch and grow countless creative ventures.

Lou advises CEOs and boards of trustees at numerous national nonprofits, including the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the The DiatTribe FoundationAmerican Institute for ArchitectsRepresent.UsDouble Edge Theatre and Girls Leadership Institute.

He is former Executive Director of Reboot, a network of leading young Jewish creatives devoted to “rebooting” modern Jewish culture: digital entrepreneurs at Google and YouTube; creators of TV shows and films like Lost, Orange is the New BlackTransparentAnchorman and Star Trek; journalists from NYT, Wiredand WSJ, etc.

Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug
JFN West Coast Director & Senior Advisor at CANVAS 

Tzivia Schwartz Getzug is the Director of the West Coast office of JFN, where she creates opportunities for network members to connect, to engage and to strengthen and leverage their philanthropic work. Tzivia has a degree in Jewish Studies from UCLA and a law degree from Loyola Law School. She practiced labor and business law for several years before becoming the Western States Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League. There, Tzivia was responsible for the civil rights work of ADL’s seven offices in the 13 Western States.  

Ben Gundersheimer
AKA Mister G
Latin GRAMMY Winner and Penguin-RandomHouse/PJ Library Author

Ben Gundersheimer is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, he was originally dubbed MISTER G by his young students while pursuing a Master of Education degree. His dynamic, interactive bilingual performances aim to dissolve borders and foster cross-cultural connections.

Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Executive Director
Jewish Book Council 

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.

Shayna Rose Triebwasser
Righteous Persons Foundation
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Shayna is an advocate for civic engagement, social justice, and cross-cultural connections. She spent the first fifteen years of her career in journalism. During her nine-year tenure at Los Angeles magazine, where she rose to the position of Senior Editor and oversaw the editorial development of, she focused on the people and the issues shaping the future of Los Angeles.

Inspired to play a larger role in building communities and supporting worthy projects, she joined the team at Fundamental in 2016. Her work as a Senior Program Officer for the Righteous Persons Foundation (RPF) focuses on bridging the divide between people of different backgrounds and galvanizing the power of the arts, media, and Jewish storytelling for social change. Shayna has a degree in American Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Malka Aliza Travaglini
The Klarman Family Foundation
Senior Program Officer

Malka Aliza Travaglini is a Senior Program Officer at The Klarman Family Foundation based in Boston. She oversees grantmaking across a variety of sectors, with a focus on capacity building, funder partnerships, and program and strategy development. Prior to joining the Foundation, Malka worked in education policy for the Massachusetts State Legislature and at a think tank. Malka has a dual Master’s degree in Public Policy and Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

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