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December 15, 2016 11:47 am

Plans Unveiled for $50 Million Arts Campus in Jerusalem

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A sketch of the forthcoming Jerusalem Arts Campus. Photo: Courtesy of UJA-Federation of New York.

A sketch of the forthcoming Jerusalem Arts Campus. Photo: Courtesy of UJA-Federation of New York.

JNS.org – A new space for the performing arts is scheduled to open in Jerusalem by January 2020, the project’s partners announced Wednesday.

The forthcoming Jerusalem Arts Campus will be a 2.5-acre, $50 million complex housing four of the country’s leading arts schools, as well as performance venues and and an outdoor plaza. The concept — a joint initiative of the UJA-Federation of New York, the Jerusalem municipality, the Israeli government and the Jerusalem Foundation —  intends “to transform Israel’s capital city into a global arts and cultural center,”

“For thousands of years, Jerusalem has been a center of innovation and creativity. My vision for the city includes an essential focus on growing the city’s creative class,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement. “The Jerusalem Arts Campus will have a significant impact on attracting young people to the city, strengthening downtown Jerusalem and bringing the vibrant creative class to the city to stay.”

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The performance arts institutions that will be located on the campus include the Nisan Nativ Acting Studio, the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, the School of Visual Theater and the Center for Middle Eastern Music. The complex is expected to accommodate 1,100 students, far exceeding the four schools’ current combined enrollment of 650.

Natie Kirsch said his family, who is donating $10 million to the project, “has long been committed to both Israel and UJA. It is our privilege to be involved in such a meaningful project that will be of such great benefit to Jerusalem.”

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