Days of Awesome Artist in Residence

The Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC) is pleased to share the application and guidelines for our Days of Awesome Artist-in Residence program. Please follow the application guidelines below. Applications should be submitted no later than 9:00pm on July 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified by email regarding the status of their application by July 15, 2018. 

Areas of Interest

This year our Days of Awesome will be exploring themes of recording and return. We are looking for art installations of any medium that will bring these themes to life for our community. Past projects have included installation, soundscapes, projection and visual art. The ideal proposal will engage the audience in an interactive manner.


Projects should either be three distinct, thematically connected pieces or a single piece that builds over the course of the three events. Work will be mounted and displayed at three discreet events, and will likely be positioned outdoors. The project should be easy to install and breakdown on the same day, and needs to be able to travel safely. Artist will be responsible for assisting with installation and breakdown of the piece.

Days of Awesome

Days of Awesome is SIJCC’s high holiday experience, made up of three signature events:

Our Rosh Hashanah service on Monday, September 10, 2018 feels like a big party. Musically expect horns and big band jazz sound. The service aims to be relevant and fun—and has the feel of an extended family reunion, where only the family members you love show up. This event takes place at SIJCC, and is expected to bring in 400+ individuals and families of all ages. The experience includes traditional Rosh Hashanah liturgy as anchor points, mixed in with mash-ups and pop culture. The result is an hour and a half service that feels both contemporary and full of depth. The service is elevated and surrounded by artistic touch points, that in the past have included sculpture, video projections, interactive art making and sound installation.

Down to the River on Saturday, September 15, 2018 brings together members of our community with artists, musicians, storytellers and meditation teachers. This evening of reflection includes dinner, interactive installations and facilitated moments to engage the participants in an exploration of how they measured up in the year that is passing and how to rise up in the year ahead. The event culminates with the tashlich ritual, where participants go down the bank of the LA River to symbolically let go of mistakes and missteps from their past and closes with a melodic Havdalah circle.

Our Yom Kippur experience on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 takes the notion that Yom Kippur is somber, and flips it on its head. It is a joyous experience—although a quieter one than Rosh Hashanah.  Yom Kippur offers us the opportunity to be alone together with our community—thinking both of how we and how the community can be better as we wipe our slates clean. The music on Yom Kippur has a more mellow sound to it.

These three experiences guide our community through all the emotions associated with this season in Judaism, ranging from joy and exuberance to quiet and introspection.

How to prepare and submit an application

To apply to be the artist in residence for Days of Awesome at SIJCC, please e-mail Joel Serot at with the following no later than July 1, 2018:

  • Full description of the proposed project (500-word maximum), including how the work connects to the themes of recording and return, how the audience at each event might interact with the piece, and how the work will enhance and unify the Days of Awesome experience
  • Detailed budget for the project
  • Bio of the principal artist or collective who will be responsible for this project (this may be in the form of a CV)
  • Images or links to past work samples

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than August 1, 2018. The selected artist will receive an honorarium of $1000, and a materials and supplies budget of up to $1000.

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