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Monday, January 4. The University of St. Thomas (2115 Summit Ave, St Paul) has recently opened a new gallery space, the Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art, in the Iversen Center for Faith on Cleveland Ave between Laurel and Ashland. Among its first exhibits is The Interfaith Prayer Wall, created by Aimee Orkin and the women’s visual art collective, Interfaith Artist Circle. The 6’ by 9’ canvas mural “wall” uses architectural forms from the three Abrahamic religions to frame images created by the Circle’s nineteen participating artists. The exhibit runs through February 28. FFI: interfaithartistcircle.com
Wednesday, January 6, 10 a.m. Joy Gordon teaches ancient spiritual wisdom in her six-week class, Kabbalah: The Art of Creative Manifestation. This class will explore Kabbalah’s path to creativity. Through Tzimtzum (making space), Shevirat Hakelim (when things fall apart), and Tikkun (how we bring repair and healing as we let in new light), you will illuminate a connection to the concepts in a more concrete way. FFI: email@example.com
Wednesday, January 6, 11 a.m. The American Sephardic Federation presents The Rich Cultural Heritage of Bukharan Jews. Join instructor Ruben Shimonov as he invites participants to explore the musical, literary, and culinary heritage of Bukharan Jews, discovering the ways in which they have developed their mosaic culture through dynamic interaction with the dominant, changing societies surrounding them. Discussion will take the group on a journey to Central Asia, the land of Israel, the United States, and beyond. FFI: https://bit.ly/3hdZpli
Sunday, January 10, 1 p.m. The American Sephardi Federation presents its 4th Annual Ladino Day: Adelantre/Onward! Of course, this year it’s virtual. Hear Ruth Azaria (actor Hank Azaria’s mother) speak about growing up with Ladino, the centuries-old dialect of the Sephardic Jews. Other speakers and performances include Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé on expressions beloved by Sephardim; Ladino students on learning the language; renowned writer Myriam Moscona; the premiere of a contemporary short play; and celebrated singer Daphna Mor. FFI: Zoom information
Through January 10. Beginning in 1980, Foot in the Door has been an open exhibition for Minnesota artists of all ages to present their work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The exhibition occurs once every ten years. The sole curatorial criteria is that all submissions must measure at or under 12 inches in height, width, and depth—literally inviting artists to place “a foot” in the museum’s galleries. Jewish artists in every medium are well-represented--literally dozens of them among the hundreds in the show at large. You can peruse the exhibit online. FFI: new.artsMIA.org
Wednesday, January 13, 11 a.m. The American Sephardi Federation’s Institute of Jewish Experience hosts a series of writers’ talks this winter, beginning with historical fiction writer Edith Scott Saavedra, author of The Lamps of Albarracín. The book brings alive the culture and history of Sephardic Aragon and true stories of resistance to the Spanish Inquisition. Inspired by traditions passed down from mother to daughter for generations, the novel gives voice to the diverse peoples of late-medieval Aragon–Jews, Muslims, Christians, and persons of mixed heritage, with a focus on women and stories of tolerance and courage. Register: https://bit.ly/3nrz5wa
Thursday, January 14, 7 p.m. Beth El Synagogue presents A Critical Care Physician’s Vision of COVID-19 in which Dr. Avi Nahum shares how he paired his part-time passion for photography with his full-time profession in the medical field to create a powerful first-hand look at the COVID-19 pandemic. Nahum is a Critical Care Medicine Specialist and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom information
Through January 17. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400 3rd Ave S, Mpls) presents Harriet Bart: Artist Books + Works on Paper in Gallery 353. Since we’re still unable to venture into museums because of COVID-19, you can look at the exhibit online: https://collections.artsmia.org/exhibitions/2802/harriet-bart-artist-books-works-on-paper
Thursday, January 21, noon. The ASF’s Institute of Jewish Experience continues its writers series with Esther Amini, author of Concealed. Amini grew-up in a Persian-Jewish household, the American-born daughter of parents who had fled Mashhad, Iran. In her book she tells the story of being caught between these two worlds: the dutiful daughter of tradition-bound parents who hungers for more self-determination than tradition allows. Register: https://bit.ly/33rgM2M
Wednesday, January 27, 11 a.m. The ASF’s Institute of Jewish Experience presents Gila Green, author of White Zion, a novel that takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel, and modern Canada. Green’s novels feature characters of Sephardi, Yemenite, and mixed Middle Eastern heritage because she couldn’t find any Jewish stories that reflected her experience growing up and decided to write them herself. Register: https://bit.ly/3kFbXse
Thursday, January 28, 7 pm. The Minnesota JCC opens its virtual Jewish Humor Festival with a live virtual event--What War Zone?: Standup Comedy from Israel, featuring comedian Benji Lovitt. Lovitt presents a hilarious picture of Israel by deconstructing cultural differences and the immigrant experience in Israel and shedding light on Jewish holidays, cultural differences, and, of course, humor during a global pandemic. The host for the evening is Jonathan Gershberg. The suggested age for the audience is adult. FFI: email@example.com / 952-381-3416
Saturday, January 30, 7 p.m. Recharge and restore hope in the middle of winter while keeping Tu b’Shvat in mind. Enjoy creative, inspiring performances in a virtual event that celebrates a turning point in winter, as sap comes back to the trees. Curated by Cia Sautter, the evening’s performers include vocalist Sarah Larsson, poet Karen Shragg, flamenco guitarist Ross Fellrath, flamenco dancer Chris Kozachok, singer Carmalita Gise, storyteller Vicki Joan Keck, and dancer Cia Sautter. Tickets
Sunday, January 31, 9 a.m. Make sure to sign up for a special show focusing on Sepharadim in the Middle East. Chef Hélène’s primary research interest is the medieval culinary history of Spain through interculturality with a special focus on the Sephardic culinary heritage written in Arabic. Sephardic Culinary History with Chef Hélène Jawhara Piñer will be a virtual event to tickle the senses. Register
Sunday, January 31, 2 p.m. Everyone needs a little humor to help them through hard times. Local favorite Anthony Sisler-Neuman leads a teen workshop, Humor In Hard Times: Writing Satire, in a live virtual event. Suggested for ages 12 and up. Participants will learn how to form a strong comedic point of view on topical news (2020 had PLENTY!) and will brainstorm, draft, and rewrite short pieces in the style of satire/parody (think Saturday Night Live or TikTok.) Students will be asked to free write and work on pieces about topics that are meaningful to them. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 952-381-3416
Through January 31. The Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival wouldn’t be complete without a Queer Comedy Night which you can watch at your convenience, January 28-31. The line-up is very promising with emcee Coral Best, opening act Liz Stone & Geulah Finman, feature performer Lisa Geduldig, and headliner Dana Eagle. FFI: email@example.com/952-381-3416
Through January 31. Back by popular demand at the virtual Jewish Humor Festival, Night of Jewish Storytelling features a star-studded cast of local talent. The storytellers share a wide array of personal stories that draw on every facet of Jewish humor. The performers include Avi Aharoni, Galit Breen, Elise Cole, Suzanne Fenton, Jonathan Gershberg, Jessi Kingston, Emily Saltzman, Anthony & Haley Sisler-Neuman, Judy Victor, and emcee Kim Kivens. Watch at your convenience, January 28-31. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org / 952-381-3416
Wednesday, February 3, 11 a.m. The ASF’s Institute of Jewish Experience presents a panel discussion of authors who contributed to Views of Jewish Morocco: Forms, Places, Narratives. The book focuses on the memory of Moroccan Judaism through autobiographical accounts, testimonies, artistic experiences, and critical writings that shed light on them. These contributions weave an unprecedented set of texts and works of art, based on memories of a world lost forever, of a Morocco that the young ignore, and that this book proposes to revisit in a pluralistic manner. Register: https://bit.ly/3npcyk8
Ongoing. The Weisman Art Museum presents its exhibition-in-print, Legends and Myths of Ancient Minnesota, created by visual artist Brooks Turner. Utilizing archival documents from the Minnesota Historical Society and his own drawing and collage, Turner has created an aesthetic history of Fascism in Minnesota, especially the Silver Legion of America. Turner sees traces of these political movements in the present-day Twin Cities and beyond. FFI: https://wam.umn.edu/calendar/brooks-turner-legends-and-myths-of-ancient-minnesota/
Ongoing. Film Noir Ensemble by sculptor Perci Chester is on view at the Anderson Center Sculpture Garden in Red Wing (163 Tower View Dr). The twenty-two-foot high sculpture comprises a pair of animated figures, assembled from pieces of an old water tower. Rust and rivets are now coated in intense candy-colored paints. The Sculpture Garden is open daily (8 a.m.–10 p.m.) FFI: percichester.com
Ongoing. Now is the perfect time to join with other dancers from the Twin Cities and from around the world in a live (on Zoom) Israeli dance session. Led by Shira and Michael Schwartz, the group meets weekly every Sunday from 6:30-8:30 PM (CT). Shira teaches one or two dances each week. The rest of the time the group dances the night away with popular Israeli dance repertoire, fitting in 35-40 dances each evening. What a great way to add needed exercise to our pandemic lives along with the cultural and social connection we are all craving! Even if you don't dance, or can't in your current situation, this is a wonderful way to connect to Israeli culture. For the Zoom link, contact email@example.com
Ongoing. The Sabes JCC hosts a virtual exhibit, Muddy Waters, featuring new work by over two dozen artists in the Jewish Artists’ Lab. Muddy Waters explores a wide array of pressing environmental issues using many art forms. The art comments on the current state of our planet, our responsibility to serve as activists, and how art plays a key role in making change. FFI: https://www.sabesjcc.org/about/muddy-waters-online-exhibit-2/
Keren Or (Ray of Light) announces its 17th annual creative arts contest for Jewish youth. Minnesota Jewish students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, and photographs. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 19, 2021, 5 p.m. All submissions must be submitted using the online forms provided at www.kerenorcontest.org.
Prizes in each category are awarded to two separate groups: students in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. The prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second and third places, and $36 for Honorable Mention. Over 150 teens have won prizes since the contest began. Winning entries will be published at the Keren Or website and in a special supplement to The American Jewish World in May, 2021. Keren Or is managed by Rimon and is funded by the Karen Siegel-Jacobs Fund at the Adath Jeshurun Foundation. For additional information and contest rules, visit www.kerenorcontest.org or call 952-381-3449.
Expedition Maker is a reality TV-style competition creating a virtual makerspace for Jewish artists, creators, and innovators with a knack for DIY projects. Ten “Chosen Makers” from around the world will compete to win $5,000 over the course of four weeks in back-to-back weekly challenges where their skills, creativity, and ability to improvise will be showcased! Deadline to apply: Tuesday, January 5, 2021. FFI: https://www.expeditionnai.com/maker/
St. Louis Park Winter Art-Walk. Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to sign up to create a piece for the Winter Art-Walk, an outdoor display of 40 artworks at Oak Hill and Dakota parks. All participants will receive a 24" x 24" plywood board and have the option to receive a set of acrylic paints and brushes, but may use other weather-proof materials of their own. Materials may be picked up from outside the Louisiana Oaks Park Building (3400 Louisiana Ave S) Sunday, January 10, 2-4 p.m. Drop-off of the finished artwork will be Sunday, January 24, 2-4 p.m. at the same location. Other dates/times may be arranged if you are unable to accommodate the scheduled times. Finished artwork will be displayed outdoors in two parks (Oak Hill Park, which includes a holiday light display & Dakota Park, which includes a dog park) for several weeks beginning in January or February. Participants will receive a $20 gift card as a token of thanks upon delivery of the finished artwork, and may collect the piece after the public display is completed. Participants may choose any theme for the artwork, and are encouraged to consider "Winter" and the expression of your culture or heritage as ideas. For further information
The Next Step Fund, funded by the McKnight Foundation, provides project grants up to $5,000 to artists in any discipline for the purpose of research, career development, and artistic achievement. Applicants may be at any stage in their career, but must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community contribution. Recipients of FY20 Next Step grant awards are eligible to apply. The deadline for this grant opportunity is Monday, January 11, 2021. FFI: https://mrac.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/NSF-21-Final-Edits_accessible.pdf
Call for Zoom Presenters. The American Guild of Jewish Artists is requesting proposals for Zoom events and presentations. Your programming should not be longer than one hour and should be relative to the themes of Contemporary Jewish Art, Judaica and Yiddishkeit. The Guild will pay a $250 appearance fee to each artist/presenter. It plans to start these events in the spring and hold one Zoom event per quarter for the rest of the year. These events will be free to the public with an online reservation. If you are interested in becoming a presenter, please submit a letter of interest and your program outline and any images or video to: Zoom@jewishart.org. This call is open to all members of AGJA including Chaverim. Proposals are due by January 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Direct your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
With the generous support from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Sinfonia is pleased to announce a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores. Five new works will be premiered during the 2021-22 season, with composers receiving compensation ranging between $500 and $6,000. Deadline for entries is August 15, 2021. In addition, $500 will be awarded to a young composer who meets the above guidelines and is under the age of 19 before June 1, 2021. The deadline for the young composer competition is June 1, 2021. FFI: email@example.com/ 612-871-1701
Call for curators for the American Guild of Jewish Art annual Karen Walanka online exhibit 2021. The AGJA is looking for one or two members to create a team to curate and produce this year’s Karen Walanka online exhibit. The team will be responsible for creating the theme and the call for art, curating the exhibit, and writing a curatorial statement. The board will provide all tech support for getting the exhibit up securely on the AGJA website and will provide any help and oversight that the team might require. This call is open to Guild members only. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Guild of Judaic Art is looking to create partnerships, opportunities, and community across artistic disciplines and has put out a call soliciting events to post at its website. If you are an artist, musician, dancer, filmmaker, author, performing artist, or anyone creating Jewish content either live or on video and you would like to have your event listed on the Guild’s Cultural Arts Calendar, we are looking for you. As well as a Working Artist Grant open to all visual artists, artisans creating Judaica, practicing and/or teaching artists/artisans, and professional artists. To post your event and apply: www.jewishart.org
Call to Textile Artists for Research Project. Michele Braun is seeking textile artists who use woven tapestry, counted cross-stitch, or quilting to create Jewish religious and decorative pieces. She is doing research into Jewish-themed textile art for an MA program at Hebrew University. Her project explores and documents contemporary Jewish religious and decorative textiles. Do you use one of these techniques to make Torah scroll covers or ties, bimah covers, wall hangings, mezzuzot, or similar items? (Not tallisim or kippot—those are a whole separate project.) Are you willing to talk about your ideas, techniques, artistic processes? Please contact her at: email@example.com to schedule a chat at your convenience.
Artist Career Consultations. Thirty leading artists from around Minnesota are ready to work with you on your creative plan: virtual one-on-one support navigating these difficult times. For your consultation, choose your own consultant by discipline or expertise, or let Springboard for the Arts match you. With expertise across disciplines, cultures, and practices, these working artists can offer support with: 1) career planning; 2) website development and web presence; 3) legal and financial planning; and 4) grant-writing & fund development. Consultations are available on a sliding scale. In partnership with the City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program, consultations are available for free for artists in Minneapolis. FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/professional-growth/career-consultations/artist-career-consultants/
Because Your Health Matters is a project around art, health, and social connection. We invite local artists who live, work or are connected to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and/or People’s Center to create virtual and physically distanced activities that spread joy, relief, solidarity, information and wellness. Activities could be online or in public space – from virtual fitness or drawing classes to joyful messages decorating storefront windows and sidewalks, to live music to be enjoyed from open windows. Local artists will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and shine light in the community. Eligible artists may apply for $250 or a team of artists may apply for $500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. FFI: https://www.peoples-center.org/programs
The demanding and unfamiliar role of caregiver can take an incredible toll, often without the caregiver even realizing. It is not unusual for caregivers to develop mild or more serious depression as a result of the continual demands they face while providing care. Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) is offering “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a six-week educational series that has been shown to have a positive impact on caregiver’s health. The class will meet from 1:00 to 2:30PM via Zoom each Tuesday from February 2 through March 9. To register, contact Bonnie at (651) 497-8248, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tara at (763) 300-3146, email@example.com
YALA’s Mini-Grant applications are open! Do you have an idea for a Jewish program? Are you looking for guidance and support with getting a new project off the ground? Do you want to start something special, but just don’t have the resources? The YALA Mini-Grant program supports new Jewish ideas and helps you incubate your project, with financial resources, promotion, and other support as needed. YALA is especially seeking projects from and for those most impacted by COVID-19 and initiatives that support marginalized groups in the Jewish community. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org
Multimedia artist Hanan Harchol never fails to stimulate ethical thinking with his art work. In his fine art paintings, drawings and multimedia installations, Harchol addresses psychological, sociological, and ethical themes through narrative drawings, paintings, animation, and film, that usually feature Harchol and his parents. Harchol uses the family as a microcosm for the larger human condition, exploring the universal through the personal. His most recent work, an animated short film on the topic of Conflict Resolution, is available for viewing: https://youtu.be/waE6xcMTRL0
Kino Now offers ten newly restored Yiddish films in its collection The Jewish Soul: Classics of Yiddish Cinema. Using new translations and meticulously restored prints, the films are a precious document of a bygone era in Jewish life and in filmmaking. The films range from the best known examples of the genre such as The Dybbuk, Tevya, and The Yiddish King Lear to American Matchmaker, Her Second Mother, and Motel, the Operator. FFI: https://kinonow.com/series/the-jewish-soul
In 2018 the Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts celebrated the centenary of choreographer Jerome Robbins with the exhibition Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York. Israeli artist Ardon Bar Hama captured the show while it was on display, and it’s now available for a virtual tour online. Featured in the exhibit were a range of rare and personal items from Robbins’ archive including childhood creative writing, diaries and art projects that provide a unique insight into the working methods of one of the most important dance artists of the 20th century. Voice of My City traces Robbins’ life and dances alongside the history of New York, inspiring viewers to see the city as both a muse and a home. FFI: http://lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home/show/voice-of-my-city-jerome-robbins-and-new-york-exhibition-826
December 2020 marked 100 years since the Vilner Troupe presented their ground-breaking world premiere of Ansky's Der Dibek (The Dybbuk, or, Between Two Worlds) which theater historian Debra Caplan calls 'the most iconic play in the Jewish canon.' In honor of that watershed date in Jewish and theatrical history, the Congress for Jewish Culture presented an online production of the play in Yiddish with English subtitles and English narration. It was a knock-out with an all-star international cast that included Mike Burstyn, Mendy Cahan, Refoyel Goldwasser, Dan Kahn, Amitai Kedar, Yoffe Sheinberg, Yelena Shmulenson, Suzanne Toren, and Michael Wex. The production was directed and adapted by Allen Lewis Rickman. Watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sop8T-OxN2M
Arts Midwest World Fest has brought international musicians to communities throughout the Midwest since 2003. This year, when they can’t be with you in person, Arts Midwest is still bringing music and culture from around the world to your screens. Dive into these World Fest Online videos featuring three incredible international music ensembles.Travel through 2,500 years of Israel’s musical tradition with Hadar Maoz and her ensemble. Hadar finds inspiration for her music everywhere, from ancient Persia to modern rock and roll. Get to know more about life in Israel, as Hadar takes you to the riverside, sings and dances with her grandmother, and visits with her mom. FFI: https://www.artsmidwest.org/worldfestonline
The book, Object Objects : Shana Kaplow, presents Kaplow’s practice as one might experience it through the intimacy of a studio visit. The volume features vividly printed images of finished works, behind-the-scenes process, installations, notes, sketches, experiments, a poetic essay by New Orleans writer, Veronica Kavass, and a conversation between Kaplow and Minneapolis artist, Sarah Petersen. This publication was supported by an Artist’s Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Shana is a member of TITLE collective, which connects artists in Minneapolis/St. Paul who self-publish artist’s books and zines. Do yourself a favor and check it out: https://www.shanakaplow.com/
Singer/songwriter Eddie Estrin and solo acoustic guitarist Liz DeYoe are streaming a new concert performing original material. The concert, originally scheduled for live performance this past summer in Music in the Parks, is up and ready for your enjoyment. Eddie Estrin will reprise songs from the Rimon Artist Salon "A Century of The Dybbuk" and feature new material including duets with DeYoe. FFI: EddieEstrin.com/video
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is delighted to announce its most recent publication, Setting the Stage: A History of Jewish Theater in the Upper Midwest, co-authored by Doris Rubenstein and Natalie Madgy. Order your copy at www.jhsum.org
Artist/writer Lucy Rose Fischer has crafted a book, The Journalist: Life and Loss in America’s Secret War, from her late brother Jerry’s writings. In the early 1960s Jerry Rose interviewed Vietnamese villagers in a countryside riddled by a war of terror and embedded himself with the soldiers—the start of a dramatic, dangerous career. Through his stories and photographs, he exposed the secret beginnings of America’s Vietnam War at a time when most Americans have not heard of Vietnam. FFI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPc9XB5uTnk&feature=youtu.be
If you missed Rimon’s virtual Artist Salons (Listen to the Voices: Immigrant Stories and A Century of The Dybbuk:1920/2020), you can hear them at www.rimonmn.org. While you’re there, check out the highlight videos from another half a dozen Artist Salons from previous seasons.
Explore the Milken Archive of Jewish Music, which includes roughly 600 works, 800 hours of oral histories, nearly 50,000 photographs, and countless hours of documentary and performance footage. If that sounds overwhelming, a Milken curator has created a "Getting Started" guide and two-album anthology. Organized around the collection’s twenty themed volumes and featuring videos, photos, and of course, music, the guide is an accessible way to get familiar with the breadth of genres and artists included in the Archive.
Israel Story, a long-form podcast, brings high-quality human interest stories from all over Israel to hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world. The Last Laugh episode tells the story of Eyal Gever, an Israeli high-tech-wunderkind-turned-conceptual-artist, who, forty years after Carl Sagan’s ‘Golden Records’ began their long voyage into the depths of outer space, received an unusual call. NASA asked him to create the first artwork to be printed in space! FFI: https://israelstory.org/
ChaiFlicks features great Jewish movies, including Sephardic programming from the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival and lectures from the American Sephardi Federation’s Institute of Jewish Experience. New movies and programs are constantly coming online. Some of the films now streaming include: 24 Days, Cloudy Sunday, Live and Become, Nora’s Will, The Midnight Orchestra, The Pirate Captain Toledano, and Trees Cry for Rain. Use exclusive promo code ASF50 to save 50% off your first month at ChaiFlicks.com
Traffic Zone Gallery (250 3rd Ave N, Mpls) presents a timely photography show, Exhibition of the Covid-19 Pandemic, by the always masterful Steve Ozone. The exhibit runs through January 29. For those who would rather see the images online: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c04chx80f2ast62/AABgbkndIje96LWPxoPatYRKa?dl=0
Artist Relief, a coalition of national arts grantmakers, have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. FFI: www.Artistrelief.org
If you aren’t familiar with Springboard for the Arts, now’s a great time to explore their website. Their staff has assembled comprehensive resources related to COVID-19 and its impact on the arts community. https://springboardforthearts.org/coronavirus/
Red Bull Arts Microgrant program offers direct-funding to artists. The adapted Microgrant program will award two $1000 grants each month to artists in the following 20 cities across the United States: Atlanta, Austin/San Antonio, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Hudson Valley (NY), Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Providence, St Louis, and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul). These funds are meant to support artists in continuing their work however they see fit in this difficult moment. FFI: https://redbullarts.com/detroit/red-bull-arts-detroit-micro-grant-program/
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has put together a long list of resources that may be useful to individual artists and arts organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. http://artsmn.org/coronavirus/
TC Jewfolk has also put together a long list of emergency and social service resources for these challenging times.https://tcjewfolk.com/covid-19-resources/emergency-social-services/
The Social Justice Billboard Project elevates the voices and artwork of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. NE Sculpture | Gallery Factory is renting three commercial billboards at the corner of 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis, the vigil site for George Floyd. Two of the billboards are on top of the Cub Foods; the third is diagonal across the square. The Project’s aspiration is to fund these three billboards for one year, with three participating artists rotating every three months for a total of 12 large-scale works by 12 BIPOC artists. Check it out. Support it.
Learn more about and support Jews of color. Some of the numerous national organizations include the Jewish Multiracial Network, Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, Jews in ALL Hues, Be’chol Lashon, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
JFS continues the Community Support Program that offers three free 20-minute phone conversations with a JFS mental health professional.The need for additional mental health services has increased during this unprecedented, prolonged time of uncertainty. With seasonal affect disorder and the holidays affecting many, people are understandably expressing increased feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation. The goal of the program is to help people feel more grounded and emotionally secure. The therapist can assist in problem-solving immediate concerns, discussing strategies for improving one’s sense of well-being, educating on coping skills and providing connection to additional resources as needed. Please share the availability of this program. Contact Avi-Natan Zadaka at (651) 410-7822
Jewish Family & Children’s Services offers a range of support for individuals and families in this health and economic crisis: https://www.jfcsmpls.org/covid-19-resources/ . Included among these are resources to make job transition less stressful for you and your family. FFI: 952-417-2111 or email@example.com
Emergency financial assistance is available at Jewish Family Services of St. Paul. This program helps JFS clients and members of the St. Paul Jewish Community with emergency expenses such as housing, medical, utilities, and transportation. Individuals who work for St. Paul Jewish organizations are considered part of the Jewish community for this program. FFI: https://jfssp.org/services/covid-19-support-services