Gillian Laub is a gifted and artistically ambitious New York-based photographer and filmmaker and an alum of Reboot (an arts and culture non-profit that reimagines Jewish thought). Her latest book, Family Matters, is extremely personal, chronicling twenty years in the artist’s extended family, including her discomfort with their embrace of Trumpism. CANVAS spoke to Laub about Jewish arts and culture networks (an area of serious investment for CANVAS), what it means (if anything) to be a “Jewish artist,” and the deeply personal nature of her recent work. This interview was originally written and published by Gordon Haber for The CANVAS Compendium.
2021 was a busy, big year for Reboot. We look back on the last 12 months with a deep breath of accomplishment while digesting all the high-quality and exciting work we have done and how we have grown as an organization.
Instead of slowing us down, the challenges of the pandemic forced us to change. We grew the quality and quantity of our projects, finding new ways to connect with and deeply engage new audiences.
We often turn the lens on ourselves to make sure that we have impact, and we have found through evaluations that our work is resonating with participants and helping them lead richer Jewish lives. In 2021, we more than tripled the number of new projects and vastly increased the number of participants in our programs, bringing us to nearly 4 million viewers/participants in the past 24 months.
We sit down with Jeremiah Lockwood on the cusp of his latest album release, A Great Miracle, to discuss the inspiration for the album, what he hopes to achieve with it. Get a track-by-track glimpse into the album and hear what led Jeremiah to refer to Jewish music as “a story of rebellion and return.” Read more.