Mandel Program for Cultural Leadership in the Negev

​Mandel Program for Cultural Leadership in the Negev

"Powerful ideas, driven by outstanding people, represent the best way to light candles in dark places and help illuminate the world." — Morton L. Mandel

The Mandel Program for Cultural Leadership in the Negev aims to help cultural professionals, artists and activists to clarify their worldviews and develop practical ideas that will enable them to set a clear vision for improving the quality of life in the Negev. The program is designed for people who have the potential to be highly influential in the arts and culture, who are committed to advancing the Negev.

The Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev works to promote high-quality, values-based and vision-driven leadership that will bring about change throughout the Negev.

Program Goals

  1. Developing cultural leadership in the Negev – The program will nurture outstanding leaders from diverse communities throughout the Negev, who will promote a discourse of learning and action in the fields of arts and culture in the Negev.
  2. Creating a network and community – The program aims to create a network and a community of cultural figures, which will promote shared dialogue, consultation, and individual and group action.
  3. Developing a shared space – In line with the Mandel Center's vision, the program aims to nurture leaders for the Negev who will work to create a shared space for the different communities in the region.
  4. Action and real-world change – The program will promote the implementation of projects and initiatives developed by participants, individually and in groups.
The program content is carefully selected to include a broad range of subjects while also providing specialized studies in the fields of culture, arts, identity, and creativity. The program includes content from diverse fields, including philosophy, humanities, social science, education, urbanism, political science, and public policy. It also utilizes various forms of learning, including experiential learning. A central component of the program is the individual project that is completed by each participant, which is designed to effect actual change in the field of arts and culture in the Negev.

Mandel Program for Cultural Leadership in the Negev

Program Structure

The Mandel Program for Cultural Leadership in the Negev is a one-year program that includes 250 hours of study in total. The program will take place on Mondays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and will begin on October 8, 2018.

The program combines theoretical and practical studies, as well as individual tutoring, field study trips, and intensive seminars.

There is no tuition fee, and participants who complete the program will be awarded a certificate from the Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev.

Admissions Criteria

Criteria for admission are as follows:
  • Commitment and passion to advance arts and culture in the Negev
  • Involvement in some form of cultural work
  • An academic degree or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to dialogue
  • Preference will be given to candidates with leadership and management experience in the field of arts and culture
  • Candidates must be able and willing to participate in all elements of the program.
Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

Program Directors: Dr. Rotem Bresler-Gonen and Professor Dana Arieli

Registration for Cohort 2 of the program will be opening on February 7, 2019

For further information:
Email: 08-620-1444