Jan C. Nadav, LCSW
Director of Education & Interpretation
Has worked at the Mizel Museum since: August 2009
My friend Shaul Gabbay suggested I contact Mizel Museum upon hearing about my interests in combining community work with the arts. In 2008, I worked with Mizel Museum in getting community partnerships for the Light in the Desert concerts with virtuosos, Yair Dalal and Naser Musa. Following that successful project, I began more serious conversations about joining the staff as Director of Education. Prior to that, I built a career in a variety of roles and organizations in the non-profit sector and in private practice with a background in counseling, group facilitation and program development. Five years ago, my transition to Mizel Museum was a natural outgrowth of my long-term commitment to creative learning, outreach, intercultural relations and love of the arts.
Who or what inspires you most and why?
My daughter Ariella and husband Steve are daily inspiration. I am also really inspired by projects across the world, harnessing the power of the arts to create perceptual change.
Who is your favorite Jewish artist?
Ah, too many – but top five or so: Stephen Sondheim, David Broza, Amos Oz, Eve Ensler, Leonard Cohen, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Meredith Monk, Randy Newman, Robbie Robertson, Steely Dan, Kurt Weil, Laura Nyro.
What is the best concert you’ve been to?
All the concerts of my youth at Amazingrace Coffee House in Evanston, IL. More recently, David Broza, Leonard Cohen, my pal Claudia Schmidt and front row at Idan Raichel Project
What is your favorite way to waste time?
What is something you have learned while working for the Mizel Museum?
The arts really do mulch the territory for different conversations and pathways to learn.
What Yiddish word do you most like using?
Oy Vey, because it’s so much easier than saying, “How exasperating!”