Text Study as an Act of Creativity: A CANVAS Conversation

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm EST

Can engaging with Jewish texts fuel your creative process? That's the central premise behind CANVAS grantee LABA’s Jewish artist fellowship program, and a question we will put to the test together during our next Matters of the Art session. 

Please join us for an illuminating, hands-on investigation of a traditional text with LABA director Ronit Muszkatblit and renowned author and teacher Ruby Namdar. We’ll also welcome two LABA fellows who will share work inspired by this unique and reverential process. 


Ruby Namdar is an Israeli writer. His novel "The Ruined House" won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. He currently teaches Jewish literature in New York.

Ronit Muszkatblit is a multidisciplinary, award-winning theater director. She is the founding director of LABA Global and leads the Arts & Culture program at the 14th Street Y. 

Rachel Libeskind is an artist and a thinker whose work focuses on shifting perspectives of history. She is a LABA alum and currently the Creative Director of LABA Berlin.  

Ben Kaplan is a writer, educator, and opera librettist based in New York City.


CANVAS is a collaborative fund dedicated to elevating the ecosystem of Jewish arts and culture. This work is done through strategic grantmaking, field advocacy, and immersive educational opportunities for funders of the arts and those who would like to be. Matters of the Art is a CANVAS/JFN funder group dedicated to exploring trends, opportunities, and gaps in the field of Jewish arts and culture.

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