Art as a Vehicle for Social Change
Israel has a rich artistic culture with world-renowned museums, galleries, exhibits, festivals and high quality institutions. The problem is that most arts programming is concentrated in and around the country's cultural and commercial centre, leaving communities in the periphery without equal access.
Too often, art is viewed as a luxury, rather than seen for what it is: an essential component of a healthy and vibrant society and a vital human endeavour that can greatly improve our quality of life. We see clearly how lack of access perpetuates a cycle of polarization and exclusion that estranges a large part of the population from culture, denying them the tools to become more creative and inquiring citizens.
OUR MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to give communities in Israel's periphery access to high quality arts and culture. Our vision is an Israeli society where everyone has access to the arts, regardless of their background or circumstance. Our aim is to reach every community in Israel; to initiate a long-term commitment to the arts by demonstrating its powerful and tangible impact.
ZUMU travels to a new city every few months and works closely with local authorities to establish city specific contemporary art museum in a previously abandoned building or neglected public space. In each host city, ZUMU has a slightly different look and feel, but each iteration commissions both leading and emerging artists from various artistic disciplines, and engages the community through cultural and educational programming, including interactive workshops for local school groups, children, youth and adults. The museum is free and open to the public for a designated period of time, after which we continue an ongoing relationship with the community to leverage the project's impact into a long-term commitment to the arts.
Art is a vital human endeavour that allows individuals to express their creativity, expand their understanding of the world and foster cultural exchanges. At a personal level, art enriches our lives and enhances our emotional wellbeing - but it can also have a wider and more measurable impact on society at-large. ZUMU creates fresh ways to broaden access to art, particularly in places where that access is traditionally limited. Together with diverse communities across Israel, we are pacing new ways to create dynamic, state-of-the-art exhibitions, activities and educational programs for diverse populations across Israel. We develop new pathways to art education in a way that is engaging and tailored to suit the needs of our host communities, offering hands-on workshops in different artistic disciplines as well as museum tours, artist talks and studio visits with local and prominent artists. We partner with early childhood coordinators, teachers, social workers and socially-minded artists, emphasizing a dialogic and experiential approach to art education.
WHERE WE WORK
ZUMU works in cities throughout Israel's geosocial periphery - in places where access to the arts has traditionally been limited.
ZUMU 2.0 - ARAD
ZUMU 1.0 - YERUHAM
MILANA GITZIN ADIRAM
Founding Director & Chief Curator
Head of the Board of Trustees
SHAY ID ALONY
KOBY EVEN HAIM
Head of Production
Head of Community Engagement & Artist Residency Program
Head of Educational Initiatives
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
RONIT REICHMAN, HEAD OF THE BOARD
RONI GILAT BAHARAFF
ERIC D. HERSHMANN
OUR PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS
ARISON FAMILY FOUNDATION
BRITISH FRIENDS OF THE ART MUSEUMS OF ISRAEL (BFAMI)
MELANIE & MATTHEW BRONFMAN
FEDERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
MUNICIPALITIES OF YERUHAM, ARAD & HATZOR HAGLILIT
This project is rethinking what a museum could be. It's thinking about how to provide access to the arts in very difficult circumstances, where the challenges become ones that instigate a creative solution.
- Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and 2018 Sotheby's Prize Jury Membe