Tarbut Movement establishes groups of artists for permanent relocation to the geo-social periphery of Israel, organized as urban kibbutzim (cooperatives). Each Art Kibbutz includes 20-50 musicians, visual artists, actors, directors, producers, dancers, writers, community organizers and educators, who function as an urban cooperative and work collaboratively on social and artistic projects. Members of the Artist Kibbutzim spearhead local and regional action aimed at developing social resilience and economic growth through culture. Most of the members of the group are graduates of volunteer pre-service programs or youth programs, and joined by other partners over the years from the local community.
The activities involving members of the Artists’ Kibbutzim are aimed at the whole community: children, youth, young people, adults, elderly people, people with special needs and more. The members develop employment initiatives, cultural and art centers, local leadership groups for culture and heritage, as well as initiate national projects and guide the multi-year training course of the Tarbut Movement throughout the country. The first Artist Kibbutzim group of the Tarbut Movement came to the city of Afula in 2008, and today there are other groups in Nahariya, Nof Hagalil, Netanya, Rishon Lezion and Jerusalem.