BEYOND NO MAN'S LAND to Open 10/31 at Andrea Meislin Gallery
The Musrara School was established in 1987. It is a graduate and post graduate school for interdisciplinary art, qualifying students for professional and artistic activities with a commitment to the community and social activism, based on the values of the state of Israel, and on Jerusalem as a multiple identity basis for authentic and experimental creativity. The school has 160 students in the various departments. The staff is comprised of academics, interdisciplinary artists and social activists, amongst which are school graduates. The school operates 6 departments of a 3 year trajectory: Photography, New Media, New Music, Visual Communication, the department of Phototherapy and the postgraduate art studies. From the beginning of next year there will also be a postgraduate music program. Apart from the educational core activity, the school also runs other activities: the "special photography" unit and the external studies unit that consist of 200 extra students; 3 art galleries in the neighborhood and the international Musrara Mix festival. These initiatives attract an audience of over 15,000 visitors a year. The school, its founder and director received the Enrique Kavlin life achievement award from the Israel museum in 2011 for their contribution to photography in Israel and Jerusalem, the Martha Prize for Tolerance and Democratic Values in Jerusalem from the Jerusalem foundation, and the Teddy Kollek award for public excellence. In 2012 the school was chosen by the ministry of foreign affairs to represent Israel in the international biennial for photography in Amsterdam. In 2010 the school launched the "Musrara Collection" project, for which it was awarded the Zionist creation award from the Israeli ministry of culture.
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