WORD 2018-2019:

 The Bruce Geller Memorial Prize

The 2018-2019 WORD Grant: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize, 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
Awards to be announced soon! 

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 up to $2,000 will be given for the creation and/or presentation of new work.

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.

  • Emerging artists of all disciplines are eligible to apply.

  • Works must be completed within 6 months of receipt of the award. 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.


Please read through our FAQ for more information or email arts@aju.edu

WORD Grant: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize

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.


2016 marked the inaugural cycle of the Word Grant for artists and creative practitioners: a multidisciplinary initiative, birthed out of the Bruce Geller Memorial Prize for Screen Writing Arts, instituted in 2006. Since then WORD has supported over 20 LA based creative practitioners who are invested in Jewish themes and in the written word, as text, or in a broader context. 

About Us

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.

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