Ruth Cummings Shares Insights on Jerusalem Arts and Culture during our Jerusalem Conversations series

Ruth Cummings, a Jerusalemite in residence for 20 years who has worked in resource and program development for some of Jerusalem’s key arts and culture organizations, visited our offices on Thursday, November 13 in Encinitas. She spoke at our “Jerusalem Conversations,” series this month on social activism and building civil society. It was interesting to hear her perspective on Jerusalem and the way the youth is tremendously helping to revitalize the city. Click here to find out about more Jerusalem Conversations happening later this month.

In 2012, Ruth founded and directs a capacity building initiative for the arts, Jerusalem Culture Unlimited (JCU). This pilot project targets next generation artists who run emerging to mid-size Jerusalem-based arts groups to assist them with mentoring and professional development to build best practices, management infrastructure and financial resources. The goal is to raise the level of their work so that the art they produce is more visible and contributes overall to the resilience, creativity and inspiration that is an essential ingredient for the socio-economic future of the city.

Engagement with philanthropic and NGO board service has been an on-going privilege and responsibility that Ruth honors. She is a founding family member trustee and past Chair of the Nathan Cummings Foundation; and currently continues to serve as a board member of the Garrison Institute, Trisha Brown Dance Company, NYC; and Vertigo Dance Company, Jerusalem.