The Garage graduates are our ambassadors, helping expand awareness and understanding the potential embedded, yet hidden, within this group.
Our wish for the Future:
The Garage team is determined to enhance and expand its program. We are certain that we provide a unique skills set to our participants. We provide a balance between behavioral/social support and artistic professional teaching skills and methodologies. The latter is available in all academic programs; the combination is our strength and advantage.
The Garage accompanies the student for one year which is a very short period in the often complex and difficult history experienced by the individuals in our program. The hurdles they face are significant. We surround the student with much support and discipline. We are there for them! We want to ensure their future success. We believe that graduating from art programs is a challenging task.
Accompanying our graduates throughout their studies will increase the chance for our students to complete the task successfully. An art program graduate has a much greater chance to integrate into the workforce, and find a way to a fruitful productive life experience.
To establish a scholarship fund is a goal we pursue to allow students of the Garage program to submerge themselves in their studies. Our student tuition is paid by various Government agencies - the amount of the tuition paid depends on the level of disability. For those students where the support is partial, we would like to award scholarships based on merit and excellence.
Founded in 2014, the Garage is a Multidisciplinar pre-academic art school. The founders’ belief and philosophy have dictated the program’s mission - enabling groups of talented young artists, facing mental health challenges and difficulties, to find their role in the marketplace. The pre-academic program is the first step in the voyage. The Garage, being the only Israeli school of its kind and potentially unique in the world, offers a yearlong curriculum composed of courses at a high professional-artistic level in three tracks: Art & Design, Music, and Media & Writing. The program is demanding yet supportive. It aims to give the student the required skills for both academic studies and workplace.
Young adults, who face mental health challenges, often find themselves isolated and a bleak future. Since many are artistically talented and have unique sensitivities, developing their skills and enhancing their strength, offers the opportunity to enter previously closed doors to their professional future. The school offers a unique, accepting and inclusive environment that is attentive to students’ needs. The Garage’s program merges art studies with pedagogic content as well as personal, social and communication skills. Over the course of this year, students acquire the necessary tools, and prepare their portfolios required for admission to the art, design and music schools as well as film and media schools.
We are extremely proud of our graduates! More than half are currently enrolled in leading art and music schools, such as the Bezalel Academy of Art, Shenkar Design College, Israel Music Conservatory, Beit Berl College, Rimon School of Music and others. They are developing their talents and expanding their horizon. We believe and expect to see them as productive members of the art community in the very near future.