Catalyst: Creative Quest

September 16-18
New Orleans, LA


We live in a world where artists are heralded as movers and shakers in the same breath as being demoted to world losers and forsakers. For some, this disconnect is a societal riff outside our realm of relevance. Yet for others, this conflict is deeply personal.

Catalyst: Creative Quest provides a Jewish experience that speaks to the “multi-potentialites” who feel like they are called to do different things. Ours will be a creative, artistic gathering in which we will come together to work through a passion project that we have neglected far too long.

True passion is often found at the crossroads of “your heart’s greatest gladness and the world’s greatest need.” This intersection may look different for many people, especially when the overlap feels unclear. How do they play out in our day-to-day lives, work, and happiness?

We will explore a creative quest that allows us to set ambitious goals around our passion projects and bring these ideas from birth through development and dissemination phases without needing to quit our day jobs. We will be grouped together to return with urgency and accountability to share our gifts and talents with others. Join us in the artistic hub of the South in New Orleans on September 16-18!



Participants should be passionate about a creative endeavor outside of their day jobs, and excited about contributing to a continuous coaching collaborative community following the gathering. We seek a diverse cohort for this Catalyst, with participants from many geographic locations, trips and years, and personal, professional, and Jewish backgrounds.


  • June 25: Applications due
  • July 3: Applicants notified of their status
  • July 10: Registration due


  • Gathering Begins: Friday, September 16, 1:00pm Central
  • Gathering Concludes: Sunday, September 18, 4:00pm


Carly is a PhD candidate/writer studying special education at Vanderbilt University. Her work focuses on preparing students with severe disabilities for life after high school, specifically in employment, academic, and community settings. Her passion for this field started in her work as a special education middle school teacher in Atlanta through Teach For America. Originally from Spring Hill, Florida, and a proud Gator, she also loves running half marathons, writing poems and short stories, and traveling the big and small corners of the world.

Harry is a social entrepreneur/actor currently living in Miami, Florida. He is currently working with Start-Up Miami to accelerate his first start-up venture called “Capital Linguistics” which seeks to harness the voices and personal leadership of minorities through powerful leadership and language coaching. Harry was a 2012 Teach For America Greater Nashville Corps Member.
Originally from Miami, Florida, his parents are from Managua, Nicaragua. Besides travel, advocacy, and education, Harry loves performing and actively seeks out opportunities to stay plugged into the world of performance.


Location & Accommodations

We are beyond thrilled to host Creative Quest in fantastic New Orleans, LA. We were drawn to the burgeoning and dynamic art scene in New Orleans and saw this as a perfect city to help us illustrate the importance of keeping art active in our daily lives.

Our accommodations, the BEARigny Suites, is located in the heart of the Marigny, just minutes from the French Quarter, walking distance to Frenchman Street, and a 20 minute drive from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The New Orleans September weather (mid 80s) is sunny and warm so please come prepared with sunblock, sunglasses, and outdoor wear.


All participants must land at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport by 1:00pm on Friday, September 16 and depart no earlier than 4:00pm on Sunday, September 18. Transportation to and from the airport will be provided. Detailed travel arrangements will be communicated to all participants. All participants are expected to be present for the duration of the entire gathering.


We will accommodate all dietary restrictions. Please let us know when you register if you have any allergies or restrictions.

Participation Fee

Although there is no fee to participate, each participant is expected to pay for travel to Creative Quest. There will be a limited number of partial travel stipends available for those who require financial assistance.  We will provide more information after the final slate of participants is determined.

Packing List

Catalyst: Creative Quest begins Friday, September 16 at 1:00pm Central, and concludes Sunday, September 18 at 4:00pm.

Catalyst Community

Photo Gallery

Creative Quest Magazine

Hear directly from participants about their experiences on Catalyst: Creative Quest.

Creative Quest Magazine

Join the conversation on social media