Engagement, a term that for many young adults means a promise to marry, has turned into one of the largest stumbling blocks I have encountered in the development of my PresenTense project.
No, I’m not struggling with commitment or marriage – instead I am challenged by how to get Jewish young adults excited about participating in Open דור Door. For me, engagement brings to mind how to get young people involved in the Jewish community through participation in social programming and volunteering.
In these first stages of my training as a social entrepreneur, I have been reminded many times that I need to come up with a “hook” in order to cultivate interest for my idea. What I am concerned with moving forward is the need for regular participation and commitment to Open דור Door.
By Elke Sudin, Jewish Art Now
This piece was originally written regarding the CAJM conference, reporting for Jewish Art Now. Find the original piece here.
As more and more Jewish institutions are looking to innovate the way they engage, many are opening up to collaborations they would not have pursued before.
Although far-reaching partnerships and crowdsourcing are integral parts of the way an audience is cultivated in the 21st century, the resistance to collaboration by established institutions can often come from territorialism based on geographical distinctions. The mentality can sometimes be that if you are physically standing in one institution, you are therefore not standing in another. However, developments in cultural engagement have changed and more and more institutions are feeling less competitive as they design their programming to be one of many options to get an audience’s attention.
The Council of American Jewish Museums conference session “Thinking Outside the Box: Non-Traditional Collaborations, Programs, and Audiences” and the responsive discussion circles that followed led to many examples of collaborations that worked, and collaborations that despite many efforts, just did not.
We gleaned an understanding of the issues with collaboration and how to help institutions, artists, and curators, overcome these issues and work together more effectively.
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