JAYU (JAYU Festival Inc.) is a registered charity that shares human rights stories through the arts and engaging dialogue.
Since 2012, JAYU has used art to engage and empower communities, providing a platform for the world’s most remarkable people- Indigenous youth, newcomer Syrian refugees, North Korean defectors, youth who have identified as homeless, and countless other populations, to share their human rights stories and lay the groundwork for positive social change.
JAYU has offered rotating galleries that have been attended by more than 5,000 people, earning almost $10,000 in photo sales (with 100% of the profits going directly to youth participants and their families!); ran multiple rounds of the iAM Project, and other photography, filmmaking, and storytelling workshop series’ to underserved youth populations; host the human-rights focused Hum Podcast series; and curate an annual Human Rights Film Festival, drawing thousands of attendees.
In 2014, JAYU received their first grant- $10,000 from ArtReach to run the Hashtag Photography project. Only four years later, and JAYU has received three ArtReach grants, with Executive Director Gilad Cohen also going on to become a member of our Grant Review Team, and in 2018, will join the ArtReach Steering Committee. Talk about coming full circle. You can help invest in a young person’s full circle too, by donating to our $20 to 20 Campaign.
*The iAM Gallery is running now until January 7th, 2018 at Daniel’s Spectrum. Click here to learn more.