INTERPRETING THE PAST-CONTRIBUTING TO THE PRESENT-SHAPING THE FUTURE
Project AWE (Aesthetics of Western Esotericism) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Los Angeles comprised of an international team of scholars dedicated to exploring connections between Western esotericism and the arts. AWE’s mission is threefold: interpreting the past—contributing to the present—shaping the future. AWE interprets the past by producing quality research, (academic) publications, conference presentations, workshops, public and private speaking engagements, a blog, and guided museum tours, on how the beliefs, ideas and philosophies of esoteric undercurrents such as Magic, Alchemy and Kabbalah can help us fully appreciate the cultural icons of Western European heritage. AWE contributes to the present by organizing exhibitions and performances and promoting visual, literary and musical arts that introduce new dimensions of aesthetic experience. AWE shapes the future by inspiring and supporting talented young artists as they transition into adulthood. In doing so, AWE acts as a platform for interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities dialog that ascribes to the standards of academic institutions, while remaining accessible to the public. AWE welcomes collaborative opportunities and to date has created numerous successful joint programs with important cultural institutions in Greater Los Angeles area such as American Jewish University, Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles, Global Cinematography Institute, and the Los Angeles Scottish Rite.
project AWE offers Invisible Museum Tours an art journey to museums led by artists, scholars, & experts in the fields of Art, History, & Esotericism creating unforgettable experiences that change the way we look and interact with art.
project AWE promotes creativity in visual, literary, and music arts. Programs and collaborations are supported by grants including The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Genesis Philanthropy Group & The Jewish Agency for Israel.
project AWE launched the Young Artist Program (Y.A.P.) to create a support system for young talent & to raise scholarship funds helping the students transition to Art College – making it possible for their dreams to become a career.