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Mission Statement
As an art school situated in one of the most complex neighborhoods on the East and West Jerusalem seam line, our mission is to become a center of academic excellence encouraging students and graduates not only to artistic achievements, but also to generate social change by contributing to and empowering the weak through community-based artistic volunteerism in Jerusalem and nationwide.

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About School
Established in 1987, the Naggar School of Art and Society is located in the heart of the picturesque Musrara neighborhood on the seam line between East and West Jerusalem: a borderline neighborhood both geographically and demographically, a cultural and social meeting point, and a microcosm and symbol of Israeli society, with a history of social protest.
Naggar qualifies students for professional and artistic advancement with a commitment to community and social activism. The school’s core study program, Photography, New Media Arts, New Music, Visual Communication and Phototherapy, offers its students a 3-year multi-disciplinary track.
The Naggar School is deeply committed to creating social change via the power of art- Thus, it runs various annual empowering photography and phototherapy workshops to underserved communities such as special needs children, youth at risk, senior citizens and East Jerusalem residents and more, in addition to tours and workshops for various groups, the JerusaLAB; an interactive laboratory, three art galleries, the Jerusalem Greenhouse for Artists in Musrara and the acclaimed annual international Musrara Mix Festival, all open to the public, attracting 20,000 participants annually.

Honorary Doctorate Degree From Cnam University, Paris (2020) for its founder, Avi Sabag
The Golden Age Award for Lifetime Achievement (2018) for its Director and Founder, Avi Sabag
The Martha Prize for Tolerance and Democratic Values in Jerusalem from the Jerusalem Foundation (2012)
The Teddy Kollek Award for Public Excellence (2012) for its Director and Founder, Avi Sabag
Israel Representative to the International Photography Biennale in Amsterdam - chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012)
Zionist Creation Award from the Israel Ministry of Culture for the “Musrara Collection” Project (2012)
The Enrique Kavlin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israel Museum for contribution to photography in Israel and Jerusalem (2011) for its founder Avi Sabag
Core Exhibition at the Jewish Funders Network Annual Conference, Atlanta, (2017)
Exhibition “Reference- Part I”, Ikona Gallery, Venice, a part of the Venetian Jewish Museum “22 venicejewishcontemporaryart" Program- An outcome of the Musrara Residency Project in Venice (2017)