Israel’s Art at Dawn – Mission Statement

The arts community of Israel is stepping up in support of the artists and art venues impacted by the October 7 atrocities, to provide immediate relief and cultivate new initiatives aimed at rebuilding the art community in the evacuated areas near the Israeli border.

We, the arts community – artists, curators, directors of art institutions and initiatives – firmly believe that art is an inseparable part of the social and cultural fabric of Israel, a significant mainstay of our identity as a society. Therefore, we see the utmost importance in supporting, recovering, and re-developing those in the art community that were directly affected by the war and ensure the future prosperity of the arts in this region.

Israel’s Art at Dawn Fund will pursue two goals – first, Emergency Response:  providing immediate relief to the approximately 90 professional artists and 5 established art venues that were directly affected by the terror attack and consequent war; and second, Disaster Relief: cultivating artistic initiatives aimed at rehabilitating and developing the impacted areas, wishing to commemorate as well as breathe new spirit into these communities through art, and to bring beauty and creativity to the places that were turned into a battlefield.

The fund was established by art professionals and organizations active in the Israeli art world who volunteered for the cause. The Fund’s main objectives are fundraising, supporting, and bringing awareness to the terrible blow suffered by the Israeli society in general, and to the art community in Israel in particular. We stand for values of unity, community, and solidarity and work in collaboration with the Israeli Artist’s Association.

Our initial fundraising endeavor took place in the form of an online art sale event and fundraising appeal, November 9-15.

We call you to join and contribute, purchase art, and help our brothers, sisters and institutions of the art community.

* With the expansion of the impacted areas, the Fund will consider supporting more regions in Israel.

Israel’s Art at Dawn Team:

Irit Carmon Popper – independent curator and researcher
Ido Cohen – independent curator and Maya Gallery manager
Mickey Dahav – The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Edna Fast – art collector and entrepreneur
Freshpaint Art & Design Fair’s team
Michal Geva – artist
Manor Gera – Freshpaint Art & Design Fair
Milana Gitzin-Adiram – Chief Curator, Zumu
Sari Golan – Chief Curator at Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art
Lilach Henig-Shmoul – DuArt
Anat Lidror – Givat Haviva Art Gallery & Givat Haviva Shared Art Center
Neta Maisels – HaMiffal Art Center
Meital Manor – artistic director and curator, Studio of Her Own Gallery
Liav Mizrahi – artist and independent curator
Nir Namir – HaMiffal Art Platform
Hila Nevo – independent curator
Shlomit Oren – SO-ART, DuArt
Hadas Refael – Curator and Art Consultant
Gali Zander – Gali Zander PR

A special thanks to Formanta Studio for their Design.