Tel Aviv-based artist Shirel Horovitz will be a scholar and artist in residence at Colby. Horovitz will set up a classroom and studio in the recently vacated Ken-A-Set thrift store in downtown Waterville, which will reopen later this month as a community art space.

In addition to Colby, Beth Israel Congregation, Common Street Arts, and Waterville Creates! are helping sponsor Horovitz’s stay. Rabbi Rachel Isaacs, an assistant professor and the Jewish chaplain at Colby, said she hopes Horovitz’s presence will help strengthen the ties among the organizations and bring awareness of global events to the Waterville area. “She’s a really inspirational teacher of topics related to Judaism in Israel, and I’m excited for her to bring that knowledge to campus and to the community,” Isaacs said.