Art & Culture

Muslala Art Collective



Need:  Arts revitalize neighborhoods, strengthen communities, and foster connections between different populations. Until recently, the Clal Building in the heart of the city lay desolate, and few opportunities existed for different city center communities to interact with each other.


Response:  The Muslala Arts Collective offers strong community-based arts, including workshops, tours, concerts, and educational courses. With their recent relocation to the Clal Building, Muslala is revitalizing the building and the area. Activities include:

  • Urban Art Tours including an Art & Hummus tour about the history and current-day reality of the Musrara neighborhood.
  • Meeting Point: Under the Bridge (Nekudat Mifgash) creates a space for Jewish and Arab residents to gather for 10 days of performances held in conjunction with the Israel Festival.
  • An Artist Residency Program which gives artists from all over Jerusalem the opportunity to come to Muslala and create in the space, collaborate with fellow Muslala artists and help improve the local community.
  • The Terrace Urban Green Roof (Hamirpeset), an initiative to transform the roof of the Clal Building into one of the largest green spaces in the city center. The roof will have a self-contained ecosystem, an urban farm, a large play area for children, and will host urban agricultural workshops for the community.

Population Served:  Muslala caters to all of Jerusalem’s different communities, with special programs geared towards the ultra-Orthodox and towards Arabic speakers, as well as young arts students, young families, and the elderly.


Impact:  With their recent relocation to the Clal Center in downtown Jerusalem, Muslala is strengthening the area and contributing to its transformation into an arts hub and an interactive green space. Audience reviews have been extremely positive, perhaps best summed up by two participants who described their experiences as “AWESOME!”


Partners: The Israel Ministry of Culture; the Jerusalem Municipality; the Jewish Agency and Eden, a subsidiary of the Jerusalem Development Authority