Tel Aviv Arts Council

logo3_100213 copyTel Aviv Arts Council is a community of young patrons of the arts celebrating Israeli creative culture.  The Arts Council has two missions: it gives young professionals access to the best of Israeli art and culture and brings the best of Israeli art and culture to the world. The Arts Council partners with the full variety of arts organizations in Israel – from established institutions to emerging artists and art-forms.

In addition, the Arts Council hosts a variety of genre specific series including, the Israeli Cinema Series, Gallery Series, & Art Tour Series.

In 2014 the Arts Council launched in partnership with Outset Israel the Young International Artist Award. Each year, the organizations will join together to support, highlight, and honor a young Israeli based artist who was not born in Israel –  exploring the role of various cultures and perspectives in creating an authentic Israeli creative voice.

The award celebrates and supports the artist’s potential for substantive international success in his/her future artistic career. Many of Israel’s most promising artists have the necessary talent but lack the resources to move their careers to the next level- especially on the international art stage.  The Young International Artist Award includes a grant towards original work in a public/nonprofit showing; local and international PR and marketing assistance; and exposure in the young international arts community in Israel. www.facebook.com/YoungInternationalArtistAward


Israel Museum
Tel Aviv Cinematheque
Outset Israel
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Center for Contemporary Art
The Glasshouse
Batsheva Dance Company
Design Space
Fresh Paint
Suzanne Dellal Center
Gesher Theater
Zemack Gallery
Shenkar Design
Israel Ballet
Yung Yiddish
Beit Hatfutsot
Nehara Dance Group
Shpilman Institute
Wilfrid Museum
Art Film Festival
Oleh Records
Teder Radio
Maria Kong
Student Film Festival
Clipa Dance Theater




Leadership Profiles

Ari Fruchter

Ari is a social philanthropist & Dead Sea environmentalist with over 20 years of diversified experience in consumer products,  hi-tech, and art. Born in New York City, holding an MBA from Kellogg Business School, he is on the Board of Governors of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and has spearheaded many cultural projects in Israel including an installation with Spencer Tunick that was seen by over 500M people. Ari has worked at some of the top high-tech corporations including, Microsoft and SanDisk, and is the founder of Naked Sea, a social enterprise promoting regional cooperation and the Dead Sea. Ari currently resides in Tel Aviv, and is an avid collector of Israeli contemporary art.

Leia Weil

Leia Weil was born in California, dancing throughout her childhood and training with the San Francisco Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and in Bolzano, Italy. Leia received her BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as her BA in NYU’s school of Journalism. While at NYU Leia took a chance trip to Israel and was so moved by the experience, she knew all her future plans would revolve around coming back. After graduating, Leia moved to Israel, making Aliyah in 2009. Leia received her certification with Kinneret Yoga in Hatha Flow Yoga and was a part of the first Gaga Teachers Training Program, certified by Ohad Naharin/Batsheva Dance Company in 2012. She is currently dancing with Nehara Dance Company in Tel Aviv, teaching the Gaga method, and directing the Dance Division of the Tel Aviv Arts Council.

Richard Binstock

Richard made Aliya in 2009, and, on arriving in Tel Aviv, he became an active member of the city’s vibrant international community. In early 2013, the Israeli Cinema Series project was created, and Richard, a keen film-goer and a regular at the Cinemateque in Tel Aviv, was offered the task of leading this intiative. Richard has since firmly established the Israeli Cinema Series as a key project amongst the work of the Arts Council. Under his guidance, the Israeli Cinema Series has become this year’s must-attend nights of the Olim events. Selling out every time, it shows cult, classic Israeli movies, on the big screen, and has brought the people behind the movies to the stage, conducting Q+A’s of their movies, to our audiences. Richard grew up in London, has a BA degree in Business and Spanish, and when he is not secretly emailing film producers from work, he plays football, tennis, goes snowboarding in the Hermon, and regularly attends all forms of art in Israel- from David Guetta at Masada to the National Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

Marilyn Ambach

Marilyn was born in Antwerp, Belgium. In college, she earned a Masters Degree in Philosophy and then worked as a concert promoter for Live Nation Belgium. In 2007 she moved to sunny Tel Aviv, Israel to work as a freelance event planner, producer and concert organizer under the “Live on Mars” brand. She has promoted many international shows including Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Elton John. She also toured the world with Leonard Cohen so don’t be surprised if she mentions Camp Cohen a lot. Coming from an artistic and passionate musical family, Marilyn also plays piano and occasionally had been known to delight the crowd with a stage performance. More recently she saw her passion and talent grow in creating collages, crafting, DIY knitting, and sewing for the “Life on Mars” collections. Marilyn fell in love with Tel Aviv and has been sharing that love ever since.

Gili Ben-Shlomo

Gili was born to Israeli parents and raised in San Francisco, CA. She made Aliyah in May 2012 and is living in Tel Aviv. Gili graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Global Studies and Communications degree and worked in Target corporate HR for several years where she headed up campus recruitment for the Bay Area. Gili moved to Israel in 2012, and became involved with TLV Internationals initially as a volunteer before later taking over the Volunteer Coordinator position. She is currently getting her Masters in Organizational Behavior and Development at the IDC in Herzilya, and is working at LR Group.

Gary Sheva