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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The September 2021 Edition
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L’shanah tovah--wishing you and your loved ones a sweet, healthy New Year with many opportunities for adventure!
 

Rimon accepts applications semi-annually for its Project Support grants. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Rimon has awarded $225,000 to 111 projects. The next application deadline is September 24, 5 p.m. FFI: rimonmn.org or rimon@bfcampus.org
 

Check out Rimon’s new MN Jewish Artists Directory. This wide-ranging database is an invaluable tool for artists and audiences alike. View the profiles or create your own at https://mnjewishartists.org/ Questions: rimon@bfcampus.org 
 

To share your ONLINE events or opportunities through Rimon’s e-guide, send news releases or informative blurbs to rimon@bfcampus.org. Events listed in the e-guide are not sponsored by Rimon, unless indicated.
 

EVENTS
 

Thursday, September 2, 1 p.m. Take a look into the rich history of the Borscht Belt and the rise of Jewish comedy in the mid-20th century, including the legacy of the late comedian, Jackie Mason. Advance registration is required for this Zoom webinar, produced by The Forward. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6616299205962/WN_9GFhSIeqSYChuKgSuPm3Mg 
 

Through September 6. The juried art exhibit in the Fine Arts Building is always a highlight of the Minnesota State Fair (1265 Snelling Ave N, St Paul). For those who would prefer to skip the Fair this year, the organizers have produced an online catalogue. Check out artwork by David Amdur, Marty Harris, Sylvia Horwitz, Carolyn Kleinberger, Stuart Klipper, Lisa Nebenzahl, among others. FFI: . FFI: https://www.mnstatefair.org/competitions/fine-arts/ 
 

Friday, September 10, 7:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, Deviated Septum Productions presents How to Avoid Burnout in 73 Minutes with songs and book by Stuart Bloom. Bloom is a popular cancer doctor, but he’s having a dark night of the soul. His patients are sick, and the insurance companies are breathing down his neck. Is his career finished? He’ll find the answers with the help of a journal full of songs and a strange visitor who knows his thoughts. The show runs through September 26. FFI: http://www.openeyetheatre.org/how-to-avoid-burnout
 

Tuesday, September 14. The University of Minnesota Department of Art celebrates the 50-year artistic and teaching career of David Feinberg with an exhibition of his work, Divide Up Those in Darkness from the Ones Who Walk in Light. The exhibit comprises two retrospective collections: Feinberg’s own artworks from 1968 to present and works from the Voice to Vision human rights community engagement project that he initiated in 2002. The exhibition is on view at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery (405 21st Ave S, Mpls) through December 11. There will be a virtual reception on November 18. FFI: https://cla.umn.edu/art/galleries/katherine-e-nash-gallery
 

Saturday, September 18. The League of Longfellow Artists (or LoLa) is hosting an Artists Weekend for the public to enjoy the work of over 60 artists who live in the greater Longfellow neighborhood. Some of the artists include Anita White, Ricardo Levins Morales, and Sally Lieberman. The studios are open on Sunday as well. FFI: www.lolaart.org
 

Saturday, September 18, 6 p.m. Also participating in the LoLa weekend is the Praxis Gallery (2637 27th Ave S, Mpls). Drop by an opening reception for its exhibit, The Shape of Things, which runs through October 2. Among the featured artists is photographer Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. The exhibit can also be visited online. FFI: https://www.praxisphotocenter.org
 

Sunday, September 19, 10 a.m. If you haven’t seen the American Swedish Institute’s current exhibition, Kindertransport – Rescuing Children on the Brink of War, you might visit the ASI for University Day, a day of learning with lectures by many experts in the field (Dr. Kyle Ward, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Melissa Hacker, filmmaker; Beth Gendler, Executive Director of NCJW Minnesota; Uri Berliner, Senior Business Editor at NPR). University Day participants will also receive access to Melissa Hacker’s film, My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports. FFI: https://www.minndakjcrc.org/education_programs/kindertransport-rescuing-children-on-the-brink-of-war/
 

Thursday, September 23, 5 p.m. The Hopkins Center for the Arts (1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins) hosts an opening reception for An Architecture of Longing, an exhibit of work by Keren Kroul. Keren mines the landscape of memory, using watercolor on paper to great effect. The exhibit runs through October 23 with an artist’s talk on October 7. FFI: www.hopkinsartcenter.com
 

Thursday, September 23, 5 p.m. There’s a second reason to visit the Hopkins Center for the Arts (1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins). Brenda Litman participates in a group show, Nature, Transformation, and Vision. Brenda’s paintings are strongly influenced by nature and its forces. The exhibit runs in the Center’s Lobby Galleries through October 23. FFI: www.hopkinsartcenter.com
 

Sunday, September 26, 2 p.m. During the summer months Rimon offers an in-depth Artist Mentorship program to eight artists who span three generations. This year the participants included teen photographers Dahlia Herman and Ella Takalo; teen writers Jonathan Cohen and Isaac Lubin; and visual artists Cathy Tobias, Lis Shapiro, Emily Isenberg-Jones, and Judy Marcus. Join them and their mentors (Debra Fisher Goldstein, Alison Morse, and Avigail Manneberg) for an informal Zoom dialogue and exhibit of their work. FFI: rimon@bfcampus.org
 

Friday, October 1, 6 p.m. Composer/performer Eddie Estrin plays live ambient soundscapes created in real time utilizing electronics, field recordings from around the planet, looping, and a collection of ethnic and world percussion. He’ll bring those sound worlds into the opening reception of Pioneers of Aerial Photography at Artistry’s Inez Greenberg Gallery located at the Bloomington Center for the Arts (1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington). FFI: www.eddieestrin.com/gigs

Saturday, October 16. The 2021 Twin Cities Book Festival, produced by Rain Taxi, will take place in-person at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds as well as virtually in the weeks leading up to that day. The Twin Cities Book Festival has been the annual Minnesota gathering for readers, writers, publishers, and purveyors of all things literary for the last 20 years, featuring dozens of authors, special children’s programs, and a wide variety of exhibitors offering new and rare books, quirky literary curiosities, and more. FFI:  https://twincitiesbookfestival.com/

 

Through October 31. The JCRC has collaborated with the American Swedish Institute to present the exhibition Kindertransport - Rescuing Children on the Brink of War. The exhibit illuminates dramatic stories from the “Children’s Transport”  which was the most successful, organized rescue effort of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied territories. Between 1938 and 1939, approximately 10,000 children were brought to Great Britain and other countries, including Sweden. The exhibition, with original artifacts and audio testimonies, is accompanied by The Story is Here, developed by ASI and JCRC, which shares the Kindertransport experiences of three local Midwest families. FFI: https://www.minndakjcrc.org/education_programs/kindertransport-rescuing-children-on-the-brink-of-war/
 

Ongoing. The Jewish Artists' Laboratory explores specific themes through study and art-making, bringing together a diverse group of artists who have an interest in the relationship between Jewish thought and creativity. The Jewish Artists’ Laboratory is excited to announce its 2021 exhibition, Brokenness & Wholeness. Each artist partnered with someone of a younger generation, expanding their learning and creativity. Learn more and view the artwork: https://mplsjewishartistslab.weebly.com/
 

Ongoing. You’ll want to spend some time with Sustainable Acts Revisited, which offers one of the more sophisticated formats for online exhibit viewing. Among the many artists featured in this group show curated by Roslye Ultan is photographer Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. The exhibition entwines artistic exploration with an attempt to preserve and properly care for the environment.. FFI: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/collections/a918b938989d4afebd94d0dfaf0bc904?item=1 
 

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). 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 michael@konikoff.com 

 

OPPORTUNITIES 
 

Rimon accepts applications semi-annually for its Project Support grants. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Rimon has awarded $225,000 to 111 projects. The next application deadline is September 24, 5 p.m. FFI: rimonmn.org or rimon@bfcampus.org
 

On the Jewish calendar, there is a year of rest every seven years called Shmita. Historically in communities that observed Shmita, farmers took the year off work, food was free to everyone, and debts were forgiven. Shmita Hives explores how this concept applies today. This program is open to anyone interested in learning and practicing rest and transformation through the lens of Shmita, approached creatively to meet contemporary needs. Jews of all experiences and identities are welcome, and so are non-Jewish allies. You’ll participate in a group (“hive”) of 5-12 members. The activities will take place throughout the Jewish year of 5782. Each hive will find a day/time that works for them to meet. Meetings will be online or in-person, indoor or outdoor, according to the wishes of the group. To learn more about Shmita Hives, go to www.TinyURL.com/ShmitaHives . To look at the curriculum: shmitahives@gmail.com
 

The Conney Conference on Jewish Arts, taking place on March 27-30, 2022, seeks proposals that address themes of interdisciplinarity, diversity, and intersectionality. The conference is held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Who should apply? Artists, scholars and performers across the arts, including but not limited to: Visual Art, Dance, Literature, Theater, Poetry, Music and Architecture as seen through the lens of Jewish identity. The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 15. FFI: https://conneyproject.wisc.edu/

 

The Alliance for Jewish Theatre is seeking performance proposals for AJT’s 2021 virtual conference (October 24-26). Artists will have the opportunity to present their work to an engaged audience of theatre-makers creating Jewish work around the world. In addition, the lead artist of accepted proposals will receive a free “all-access pass” to the conference. Accepted submissions will be paid a stipend. An estimated 200thetare artists involved in Jewish work will be in attendance, including 25 + artistic and producing directors from Jewish theatres across the US, Canada, and the world. Deadline for submissions is September 17. There is no fee for submission or participation. Proposals may be submitted by individual artists, collectives, or companies. Artists do not need to be Jewiosh or AJT members to apply or perform. BIPOC artists, Jewish artists of Color, and international artists are strongly encouraged to submit. FFI: https://alljewishtheatre.org/conference/performance-proposals/ 

 

Work of Art Intensive in September. This training is designed for artists, teachers, and representatives of organizations like arts councils who are interested in an artist-designed, adaptable curriculum for teaching business skills for artists. This is not an intensive going through the content of the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists, but a training on how to lead, offer, and implement these workshops. Over two weekends in September, get connected to other leaders, a teacher's guide to the content, and feedback and insight on how to adapt these resources to your community. September 17 & 18, and 24 & 25, 2021; 2-5pm Central Friday, 10am-1pm Central Saturday. FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/work-with-artists/intensive/

 

The Arts Impact for Individuals grant provides support for artistic projects in Minnesota led by individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color (BIPOC); and/or a Person with Disabilities (PWD); and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2+) with grants up to $5,000. Individuals must have primary addresses in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington county. This grant is designed to support individuals leading efforts to create access to the arts for communities and/or engage with communities through artistic endeavors. Each project proposal must include a community component, such as an informal talk, workshop, public performance or exhibition, any of which may be presented virtually. The deadline for Arts Impact for Individuals applications is October 4. FFI: https://mrac.org/grants/arts-impact-individuals
 

Jewish tradition teaches about a shmita year occurring every seven years, a time of release with Biblical and contemporary applications to our relationships with land, food, debt, work/rest, equity and more. The Shmita Prizes award artists and creatives–from all levels of experience and age groups–for works of art that bring into focus the relevancy and application of shmita values in our contemporary world. These artworks will offer creative avenues with which to prepare for, mark, and engage with the shmita year. Deadline is Chanukah 2021. FFI: https://shmitaproject.org/about-prizes/
 

Six Points Theater (formerly known as the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company) is seeking a Manager of Operations, a full-time staff position.The Manager of Operations oversees the operations of the theater with responsibilities including: ensure smooth office operations including answering the phone, voice mail, general correspondence, office supplies purchases; management of box office and ticketing in the office and at theater; incoming revenue and bank deposits; databases and overseeing Arts People account; events management with other staff and board of directors; engaging and overseeing volunteers; overseeing part-time box office staff at the theater during production runs.  The ideal candidate would have strong verbal and written communication skills; organized and detail oriented; time management skills; problem solving skills; some knowledge of social media; good listener and works well in a collaborative environment; works well under pressure/deadlines; and proficiency with word and excel. Experience with box office and ticketing systems is desired but not required; and experience with Arts People ticketing/database system is a plus; prior work in performing arts is a plus. FFI: barbara@sixpointstheater.org
 

Vector Artist Initiative features the work of 26 artists coming together for one of the most important conversations of our lifetime. The subject is hate speech. Vector Artist Initiative is inviting artists working in any medium, including new media, video and sound, to submit work and become part of the larger conversation about hate speech. The selected new work will be exhibited on our Instagram page along with our current OCHS IV exhibit. FFI: https://www.instagram.com/vectorartistinitiative or office@vectorartistinitiative.com 
 

Opportunities to connect with Art-Train. Artists and local government leaders from around the country are taking Art-Train! In just three hours Springboard for the Arts trains local government leaders, organizational workers, and artists to work together on accessing flexible dollars from the American Rescue Plan to meet recovery goals and build back better. Art-Train covers: how local artists can address community challenges and recovery priorities; customizable program models, toolkits and examples from other communities; strategies to increase equity and lower barriers to collaboration; insight into ARP funding and uses; and access to an expanding national cohort of practitioners and artists. The program shows how artists of all backgrounds and disciplines  are a key ingredient of resilient infrastructure, just as much as bridges and light rail. Art-Train includes the training and additional technical assistance through a resource library and ongoing biweekly group coaching sessions. FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/art-train/

 

Workshop Opportunities at Springboard are ongoing – and accessible from anywhere! Workshops this month include: Work of Art: Legal Considerations, Work of Art+: e-Commerce Basics, Work of Art: Funding, Work of Art: Grant Writing, Work of Art+: Going Beyond Grants for Artists of Color and Native Artists Panel, Work of Art: Business Plan Essentials, and Work of Art: Engaging Customers & Selling Your Work. FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/events/

 

Looking for your next work opportunity? Springboard's Job Board is a hub for arts and artist-friendly jobs in the Upper Midwest! Search by location, type of role, and timing, including Work From Home options, open calls, paid internships, and more. Salary transparency is required on our Job Board, part of an effort with Pollen Midwest and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for a more equitable and transparent hiring process.https://springboardforthearts.org/jobs/
 

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. 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
 

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. FFI: https://jewishtwincities.org/yalagrant/ 

 

RESOURCES
 

The late great actor Ed Asner z’’l  was interviewed several years ago for the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project. The interview, covering a lot of ground, is worth a listen. https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/oral-histories/interviews/woh-fi-0001041/ed-asner-2018?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WOHPnewsletter
 

Check out the A.V. Closet. The A.V. Closet is a Springboard for the Arts service that allows artists to borrow cameras, lighting equipment, projectors and other audio-visual equipment, and it's back on University Avenue! Starting July 16, 2021, the A.V. Closet is open again for pickup and drop-off hours at our offices at 262 University Avenue W., St. Paul, Minnesota 55103.Equipment can be borrowed for one week (six overnights from Friday to the following Friday) at no charge, for one rental period per month. You can check out up to six items per rental period. If you need to check out more than six items, contact us to make special arrangements. There is an annual fee of $20. Check out the listings of DSLR cameras, light kits, video projectors and screen, tripods, digital recorders and more! FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/professional-growth/avcloset/
 

You can buy Linda Brooks’ recently published book, PROXIMITIES art, education, activism online at lbrooksphoto.com . Highly recommended.
 

Holy Cow! Press, based in Duluth, is publishing Jane Yolen’s volume of poetry, Kaddish: Before the Holocaust and After. Described as poems of “witness and warning,” they resonate more than ever right now. FFI: www.holycowpress.org 
 

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. FFI: https://www.shanakaplow.com/
 

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   
 

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.
 

The Jews of Color Initiative has commissioned a major research study to understand the lived experiences and perspectives of Jews of Color nationwide. A multiracial research team based at Stanford University has created a thoughtful survey, and the Jews of Color Initiative wants 1,000 Jews of Color to participate! The Count Me In survey is an opportunity for Jews of Color to share how they think about Jewish identity, how systemic racism has shaped their experiences, and how they want the Jewish community to better reflect the diversity of Jews in the U.S. If you identify as a Jew of Color, go to JoCsurvey.org to take the 15-minute survey and have your voice heard!

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