Gilad Cohen

Organization Details

Phone: 416-573-9373


Since 2008, Gilad has worked as an artist, public speaker and community mobilizer with a focus on connecting audiences to urgent and compelling stories through multimedia arts. In 2012, Gilad founded JAYU, a charity that serves the arts community through the annual Human Rights Film Festival, The Hum, a human rights podcast which he produces and co-hosts, as well as the iAM Program, an initiative that provides arts and social justice mentorship to more than 200 underserved youth from across the GTA each year. He has been recognized as a 2015 Rothschild Fellow at the University of Cambridge and in 2017 was selected as a fellow for the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for RISE.

Thoughts About Art and Community

I strive to find and create spaces where some of our world’s most underserved individuals can share their human rights stories through the arts.


As an artist, I’m a photographer, a podcaster, and also a graphic designer. I am also the Founder and Executive Director of JAYU, a charity committed to sharing human rights stories through the arts. I bring nearly ten years of non-profit project and management experience, and a strong interest in social justice.