Leave the classroom and studio behind and come outside on the Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship: a fresh, revolutionary approach to cultural history. Helix is an immersive, mobile arts and culture residency that transforms scholars, artists, and activists into cultural archaeologists.
Helix has been growing in depth and breadth since we launched in 2011. Now, with the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation, the Fellowship is flourishing as never before — one of the world’s leading transnational, intercultural arts and culture mobile residencies. The project has expanded to unfold over two years of collective study, community building, and cultural exploration.
In Year One Helixers gather together in Southern California for a 10–day intensive seminar at the end of summer, just prior to the start of the academic year. There, they take intensive courses in the languages, history, and culture of Eastern European life, while also learning and practicing methods of mindful listening and discussion, all skills necessary for our unorthodox style of study and travel.
In Year Two, the program culminates with Yiddishkayt’s trademark travel experience to Europe during the month of July, where Helixers set out for a life-changing journey in the Central and Eastern European borderlands. Between residential components the Helix learning and creating community is supported by a regular digital seminar in language and culture designed by Yiddishkayt’s expert faculty.
Over the course of Fellowship, students, artists, activists, and educators immerse themselves in regions that for centuries sustained a vibrant and dynamic multi-ethnic civilization before the genocidal devastation of the twentieth century. Each part of the program is curated and led by leading scholars of history, literature, politics, and the arts, as well as young cultural activists and Helix alumni.
The Fellowship supports, develops, and distributes new creative work inspired by the themes and figures Helixers encounter together.