Master's in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts

Overview

Why a GW Master's in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts?

GW’s Program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts (EE/JCA), the only master’s program of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education, and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings.

Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and George Washington University.

Partnering theory with practice, and the classroom with fieldwork, the EE/JCA curriculum enables students to become competent, creative, and reflective professionals. The program:

  • Inspires students to develop exciting and relevant programming for a range of audiences
  • Offers a year-long series of internships at cultural arts and educational institutions
  • Develops professional skills including budgeting, grant writing, workplace collaboration, and effective communication

To learn more about the Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts program, please email eejca@gwu.edu

Highlights

Internships

The Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts program enables students to develop professional skills though participation in three progressively intensive internships (fall, spring, and summer) at Jewish arts and education organizations. These fieldwork experiences are supervised closely by site-based mentors and EE/JCA faculty. EE/JCA students have completed Fall and Spring internships at organizations including:

  • The DCJCC
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Smithsonian Folkways
  • The Jewish Museum of Maryland
  • The Jewish Food Experience
  • The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
  • Temple Micah
  • Hillel International
  • The Capstone Fellows Program--our summer internship placement--provides students with the opportunity to pursue full-time, six-week-long internships at exemplary Jewish arts and education organizations around the country. EE/JCA provides a stipend to defray living and travel expenses. This year, our students will have the opportunity to conduct capstone field placements at:

  • The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)
  • Yeshiva University Museum (New York, NY)
  • The Big Questions We’re Exploring

    Research suggests that American Jews increasingly connect to Jewish learning through cultural events, arts organizations, social networks, and informal educational experiences, outside the traditional hubs of Jewish schools and synagogues. There is growing need, therefore, for well-prepared professionals who can produce quality Jewish cultural programing and educational experiences. Some of the relevant questions we are exploring include:

    • What themes, approaches, and cultural experiences engage Jewish audiences?
    • What pedagogical approaches allow arts and cultural institutions to maximize their impact?
    • What are the Jewish cultural arts and where do they thrive?
    • How can the principles of experiential education enrich the Jewish cultural arts?
    Curriculum

    Program of Study (30 Credits)

    Summer I

    EDUC 6100 Mosaic: The Institute I

    Fall

    JSTD 6211 Displaying Jewish Culture or JSTD 6001 Contemporary Jewish Life
    EDUC 6100 An Introduction to Experiential Jewish Education
    EDUC 6711 Museum as Learning Environment

    Spring

    JSTD 6001 Soundscape: Jews & Music or JSTD 6202 Multiple Lives
    EDUC 6100 Artful Synthesis: Experiential Jewish Education in Theory & Practice
    EDUC 6100 Behind the Scenes: Experiential Museum Education

    Summer II

    EDUC 6100 Capstone Fellows Program
    EDUC 6100 Mosaic: The Institute II

    Faculty
    Professor
    (202) 994-6161
    Visiting Scholar
    (202) 994-2518
    Professor
    (202) 994-1543
    Career Outlook

    Opportunities

    EE/JCA graduates enter careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, college campus organizations, summer camps, and cultural tourism programs.

    The Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts program offers multiple opportunities for professional networking. Beginning with Mosaic: The Institute, students regularly meet with artists, educators, and leaders of community organizations. Direct contact with practitioners in the field, opportunities for top-notch internships, and professional development workshops position students to further their career goals.

    In the News

    GSEHD's Master's in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts (EE/JCA) hosted the first SymPop event at the beginning of June. SymPop was imagined, conceived and executed by Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit (CCAS) together with Dr. Ben Jacobs (GSEHD), with help from numerous faculty and staff. As Jenna described it, SymPop is "a celebration of Jewish cultural expression…an exercise in improvisation, creative problem-solving and innovation … a 24-hour immersive experience - equal parts happening and hackathon - that draws together a diverse community of people with a strong stake in developing and sustaining a robust Jewish cultural presence."