Tent: Comics 2014 took place at Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies in New York City, January 19-26, 2014.
Tent: Food LA inspired participants to simultaneously consider Jewish food’s effect on American cuisine, and how Jewish food has been transformed in America. The program was designed for emerging chefs, food writers, foodie-entrepreneurs, and food enthusiasts. Participants discoved the Jewish take on ethical practices in the food industry. They heard advice from experts on how to further their careers in food writing, catering, or the restaurant business.
Modeled on the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, this program was geared toward aspiring and practicing writers. There were creative writing, nonfiction, and poetry workshops led by Eileen Pollack (U Michigan), Lynne Sharon Schwartz (Bennington Writing Seminars) and Don Share (Editor, Poetry Magazine).
Tent: Pop Music sought to bring together aspiring musicians, producers, and entertainment writers to explore the genre-blending history of Jews in the American pop music scene. Is Jewish music a type that conforms to a particular genre or harkens back to a traditional “Jewish” style? Why have so many Jews have been drawn to the flexible, line-blurring world of pop music?
Tent: Journalism looked toward the future of print and online journalism. Participants learned about Jews who left their marks on American journalism, magazines, and publishing houses, as well as the history of Jewish newspapers in Eastern Europe and the US. Participants attended workshops led by the writers, editors, and publishers who run these institutions today.
Tent: Museums offered a space for brainstorming and re-imagining the relevance of Jewish museums to contemporary culture. The seminar was structured around conversations with curators, artists, and other creative professionals who make, acquire, and display artworks and artifacts in dynamic ways.
Tent: Fashion illuminated the multi-faceted connection between Jews and fashion. Participants learned about Jews’ involvement in pattern making, tailoring, and other garment businesses. In light of Jews’ prominent role in North American garment workers’ movements, they considered the many social and creative aspects of the industry through behind-the-scenes tours of textile and clothing factories.
In Tent: Food NYC, participants will come into contact with the richness and variety of modern Jewish food. In this program we’ll learn about cuisine through exploration of cookbook archives, restaurant visits, and cooking workshops. The program will also feature workshops on food writing and developing video series.
Tent: The South will explore the Jewish experience in the one of the country’s most distinctive and complicated regions. While traveling from New Orleans to Memphis, spending several days in Mississippi along the way, participants will discover the best that Southern culture has to offer. They will visit both small Jewish communities and major cities, exploring the musical, culinary, and artistic flavors of the region.
Tent: Comedy is a week-long seminar in the theory and practice of comedy through a Jewish lens in Los Angeles, CA. Participants will explore stand-up, improv, and sketch forms with comedians from the country’s leading comedy troupes, and meet with performers and writers working in film and television. In the evenings, you’ll attend comedy shows at premier venues, such as Largo, Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, and The Improv.
How much does it cost to attend?
Tent programs are free to accepted applicants, and we cover accommodations and most of your meals. Your only cost is transportation to and from the city where the program is taking place.
Did you receive my application?
Automatic reply emails are generated when an application is submitted. If you did not receive an email, call 413-256-4900 x106.
Can I apply to more than one program?
Yes, each application will be evaluated on its own merits.
When will I hear if I got in?
Each host institution selects its own participants and sends out acceptances three months before the program’s start date.
I am on the waitlist. Will I get in?
There are only twenty spots for each program. We receive more applications than we have places. Host institutions will let you know if a spot becomes available.
I’m really busy and cannot attend the whole program. Is that okay?
You’re expected to fully participate in the full week of programming. (Take a week of vacation, if necessary; the program will be worth it.) If you cannot attend the session in full, you must decline acceptance.
I already attended a Tent program. Can I apply to another program?