Artist Grants

The Bruce Geller Memorial Prize
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The Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC) is a proud project of American Jewish University (AJU). The IJC encourages artistic contributions to create an authentic, thriving American Jewish culture. AJU’s core values are learning and scholarship, culture, ethics, leadership, and peoplehood.  For almost 70 years AJU has served as a thriving center and resource for individuals to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity. AJU is one of the largest and most innovative Jewish institutions in the country. The Institute for Jewish Creativity is made possible through a generous Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and with additional support from Naomi and Jeffrey Caspe.


WORD Grant 2016: The Bruce Geller Memorial Prize


The WORD Grant, a project of American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity, supports artists creating projects that explore Jewish ideas, themes, tradition, history, and identity. We believe in supporting a contemporary, vibrant, Jewish cultural landscape in Los Angeles.


Applications are now closed for our first round of funding. We are pleased to support projects that approach Jewish culture from a variety of perspectives, in terms of discipline, context and thematic elements.  Grants of $500-$2,000 will be given for the creation and/or presentation of new work.


For those that plan to apply to future grant rounds we encourage you to read through our FAQ


Eligible work will meet the following criteria:


Artists and creatives are encouraged to propose projects that meet our criteria:


  • The written word and/or text play a role in the work. This will be broadly defined and could include: the use of historic, religious or contemporary text; original works or projects where the written word is central; and written works itself, and/or work inspired by text of some kind.

  • The work has significant Jewish themes or elements, which will be broadly defined to include: history, text, modern experience and cultural and/or cross-cultural projects.

  • Applicants at all levels and stages of their career, from emerging to established, are encouraged to apply.

  • Works must be completed within 6 months of the award (the award will be given in May, therefore, work must be completed by October 31st, 2016). As such, work will be prioritized that have clear plans of how to show the work, through concerts, presentations, gallery openings, digital distribution or by other means within LA county.

  • Artists that are living and working within Los Angeles County. 



This exciting venture is made possible through a generous Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. 
Bruce and Jeannette Geller were influential Los Angeles residents whose passion for creativity and the pursuit of art defined their lives. Bruce Geller was an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter most famous for creating, directing and producing the highly successful TV show, Mission Impossible