2024 Early-Career Research + Development Grantee | $2,500
Community in Clay: Supporting Marginalized Jewish Community Members through the Intersection of Art and Healing
Z Kaplan will expand an ongoing Jewish community art initiative that aims to honor ancestry and create recipes toward home-building in the complicated reality of living in diaspora. Kaplan will elevate the voices of marginalized Jewish community members through engaging in meaningful research and leading public art workshops that aim to deepen their ceramics practice and bring art and healing to their community through supporting others in finding grounding in diaspora.
Z is a queer, Jewish, gender-liberated ceramicist raised on Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmi land known as “Chicago.” Working with clay began as a pastime as a child taking neighborhood park district classes but has since transformed into a means of expression and community. Ever since they began a year-long Emerging Artist BISQUE residency in 2021 at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, they have been using their resources to explore a new relationship with clay and the firing process to form creations that are kinetic and dynamic. Recently, Z has been incorporating their values of doikayt, hereness, to invoke pieces that connect to their roots and to others in a way that explores desires for grounding and play in a reality that is deeply diasporic. In 2024, they will be using grant funding to support an ongoing ceramics project that dives into the complexity of Jewish ancestry through re-imagining ritual objects while centering conversations that strive toward communal healing. They will use ceramics as a tool to engage marginal Jewish community members in finding home outside of zionism, in the diaspora. zkceramics.com
Forecast has been offering early-career artist grants supported by Jerome Foundation since 1989. In addition to funding, Forecast is dedicated to providing professional development and learning opportunities designed to assist emerging artists as they experiment/ hone their practices, and cultivate careers in the field. Forecast mid- and early-career grants are designed to support independent projects, leadership development, professional development, risk-taking, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaborative problem-solving in the field of public art.