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Beit Berl Students and Graduates Take Part in U.S. Embassy Community Arts Project

This summer, five students and graduates of Beit Berl’s Art Therapy and Informal Education programs are taking part in Artolution, a project sponsored by the U.S. Embassy that uses community arts as a tool for bridging diverse populations. The two-and-a-half week project (July 23 - August 14), brings 12 young Arab and Jewish artists to three mixed cities in Israel based on the Artolution methodology: utilizing community art as a tool to empower communities and bring together people of diverse backgrounds. The ultimate goal is to pass this knowledge to local artists and community activists to take it to their communities, create new programs, connections and partnerships between people and organizations throughout Israel.

In the first location – the desert city of Yeruham - the project worked with Jewish and Bedouin children and teenagers in creating a gigantic painting on a canvas. The mixed group came up with the ideas and images, working together in creating one composition that reflects their vision of their communities, and their hopes and dreams for the future. The canvas was cut in two, installing half in the Bedouin village of Rahma, and half in Yeruham. The project continues in Umm El Fahm and Jerusalem. The American instructors, who arrived in Israel after completing a project with Syrian kids in the refugee camp in Lebanon, will carry on with their next project working with refugees in Jordan.

At the end of the project, the U.S. Embassy will issue certificates to the participants on its behalf, and Beit Berl will issue certificates of participation on behalf of the College. The U.S. Embassy said of Beit Berl College, “Beit Berl has been an amazing partner in this program, and we thank you, especially Dr. Ofira Honig  and Omer Bukchin, for your interest and assistance with identifying the most talented and passionate students for this unique project.”

View photos from the project here​. Photography credit: David Azagury/U.S. Embassy in Israel. 

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