LunArt aims to increase the number of Israeli- Arab art and design professionals in the general population, foster supportive networks for the Israeli-Arab art community, and generate opportunities for cross-cultural discourse through joint Jewish-Arab art projects, within Israel and abroad. (Readers of this web page are invited to click on the orange colored fonts for further information on our projects)

The following 5 projects represent Lunart’s core activities to date:

Tuition-free college level prep course in the visual arts (“מכינה קדם אקדמאית”) for gifted Arab Israeli high school graduates featuring basic art-training by Jewish and Arab established artists and art educators, portfolio development, gallery and museum exposure.

  • Piloted at Minshar for Art, Tel Aviv (2008 – 2011)
    • 48 graduates out of 60 students
    • 28 graduates went on to attend college-level academic art and design programs
  • Mechina model adopted by Shenkar Art College in Ramat Gan (2012)
  • New Mechina Program completed two years of intensive art courses  at Oranim College of Education in the Lower Galilee (2012). Two tuition scholarships were granted by LunArt to two of the Oranim graduates.
  • On December 5, 2016 LunArt moved its Mechina to the Kaye College Art School in Beersheva.  Below: group photo of the  first museum tour at the Negev Art Museum.%d7%91%d7%99%d7%a7%d7%95%d7%a8-%d7%91%d7%9e%d7%95%d7%96%d7%99%d7%90%d7%95%d7%9f-%d7%94%d7%a0%d7%92%d7%91-%d7%9e%d7%9b%d7%99%d7%a0%d7%94-%d7%9c%d7%90%d7%9e%d7%a0%d7%95%d7%aa-%d7%9e%d7%9b

A traveling exhibit featuring the artistic work product of a joint Jewish-Arab-Israeli women’s photography workshop was brought to the United States by LunArt in partnership with the Inter Agency Task Force for Israeli Arab Issues (www.IATF.org). The purpose of this traveling photography exhibit is to raise awareness outside of Israel to the issues facing Arab-Israelis living in mixed cities such as Jaffa.

3. Videos on the “Jaffa Salon for Palestinian Art” and the “Jaffa Mosaic” Exhibition

LunArt commissioned Sternthal Books to produce two short video clips on the “Jaffa Mosaic” Exhibition as well as the “Jaffa Salon for Palestinian Art”. These videos are currently posted online for educational and promotional purposes (Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube).

4. Introduction to Palestinian Art Youth Project at Beit Hagefen Jewish-Arab Culture Center

Project leader and instructor: Layan Said, assistant curator at Beit HaGefen Art GalleryCo- instructor: Yasmina Hujerat, BFA Haifa University, artist and graduate of the LunArt Pre-College Prep Course 2009

The project seeks to expose adolescents to Palestinian art through a series of guided sessions in conjunction with independent research. The project is aimed at students who have an interest and affinity with art, and will be comprised of approximately three participants from each Arab school in Haifa. In a series of sessions the students will encounter a world of artworks, artists, contents and concepts in art, contemporary art and Palestinian art, accompanied by discussion and support of independent research that will be conducted between sessions. The project will culminate in a day tour and meeting with senior Palestinian artists, about whom the students will learn beforehand. The tour will be documented by a professional filming crew that will edit the meeting into a short film that will serve the students in the final part of the project. In the conclusion of the project, the students will present an introduction of Palestinian art for the students of the school they attend. The first class of the project commenced in April 2013. The project is funded by the Art Gallery at Beit HaGefen – Arab Jewish culture center, Haifa and LunArt Fund. 

Beit HaGefen – a Jewish-Arab Culture Center  in Haifa – is a nonprofit organization which strives for the creation of common and equal spaces that encompass the variety of identities and cultures in Haifa in particular and in Israel in general. Beit HaGefen holds various cultural, educational and tourism activities.

www.beit-hagefen.com

5. Financial and/or advisory support

LunArt provided small contributions and/or  advisory support to several organizations using visual arts as a “culture bridge” between Jewish and Arab Israelis:

  • Umm Al Fahem Art Gallery  (acting as supporter and contributor)
  • Tsadik Foundation Art Fellowship (acting as  Award Nominator)
  • Inter Agency Task Force on Israeli-Arab Issues (art-committee member)
  • Jaffa Salon for Palestinian Art Gallery Tel Aviv—Yaffo (supporter)
  • William S. Paley foundation (acting as adviser on proposed art education project in east Jerusalem)
  • Scholarships- Lunart donated 29,000 NIS in September 2011 and May 2o12 for tuition scholarships for Arab students at Minshar Art School in Tel Aviv and at “Oranim” College of Education.
  • HomeBase VI – Jerusalem – LunArt donated 25.000 NIS for an art”nono- residency” of a Druze-Israeli artist ( Fatma Shanan) and an Arab-Israeli curator (Nissreen Najjar) at the HomeBase International art residency project. The project started in August 2014 and ended in December 2014 at the historic home located at 23 Derech Beit Lechem in the Baqqa neighborhood in Jerusalem. This project culminated  in an art panel event that took place in spring 2015 and a second  panel event that took place in December 2016, See: LunArt – HomeBase Curatorial and Residency Project.     Fatma Shanan- Artist   HomeBase Invitation
  • Matching Grant- the Leichtag Foundation. LunArt in cooperation with HomeBase VI- Jerusalem has been awarded a matching grant in the amount of $10,000 to complement LunArt’s donation for the art residency and future panel project described above.
  • LunArt was instrumental in establishing an advisory board in support of the art gallery at Umm-El-Fahem. LunArt donated 30,000 NIS in 2014 in order to help the UEF gallery in its ongoing joint Arab-Jewish art projects. In 2016 LunArt participated in a benefit art sale and an additional donation of 33,000 was made for the upgrade and renovation of the Gallery
  • LunArt donated 7,300 NIS to help fund the publication of a catalogue for an exhibition by the artist Osama Said opening  on May 2017 at the Afula Art Gallery.
  • Lunart donated 4,000 NIS to help fund an installation by the artist Mahmud Kais for an art exhibition scheduled to open on June 2017 at the Ein Hod Art Museum.

6. Manofim Street Art Festival – “Asael Stories”

LunArt was one of the sponsors of a joint Jewish-Arab art event conducted on September 20, 2016 in the mixed neighborhood of Abu-Tor, Jerusalem. The event took place under the auspices of the Manofim Art Festival.

See: http://manofim.org/en/specialpage/house-project-stories-made-by-god/

Plans for Growth – 2017/8

LunArt recognizes the need to reach more Israeli Arabs and sustain connections beyond initial participation in the core pre-college art education prep programs for Arab Israeli High School Graduates.  As we grow, we plan to network in order to make additional professional opportunities available to our prep-course graduates (via help with grant proposals) and deepen the role of art education as an agent for social change, open mindedness and community building within the Israeli-Arab society. Our most ambitious plan, yet to materialize, is a three hour course on the importance of art education for Arab Israeli School Principals. LunArt aims at introducing this course as part of the School Principal Mandatory Continuing Education programs under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. LuAart will be looking for a hosting Israeli NGO to adopt and advance this project.