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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The October 2020 Edition
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Make sure that EVERYONE on your block and in your home who’s eligible to VOTE fulfills this fundamental duty of democracy. No excuses this year! FFI: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/ 

Rimon accepts applications semi-annually for its Project Support grants. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Rimon has awarded $213,000 to 107 projects. The next application deadline is October 2. FFI: rimonmn.org

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EVENTS

Thursday, October 1. The Weisman Art Museum reopens its galleries to the general public. Face masks are required. The museum will accomodate 25% capacity. FFI: https://wam.umn.edu/visit/

Thursday, October 1. Climate of Change, the Homewood Photo Collective’s new window exhibition at Homewood Studios (2400 Plymouth Ave N, Mpls), presents a wide range of responses to a radically changing, unsettling world. Among the fifteen photographers featured are Maury Landsman and Debra Fisher Goldstein. The exhibit runs through October 30. FFI: www.homewoodstudios.com/calendar 

Wednesday, October 7, 10 a.m. The Skirball Museum hosts Sex, Violence, and Family Drama in The Hebrew Bible, an online series of lectures exploring the source material of Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from The Bible. Today’s lecture features Norman Finkelstein speaking on The Binding of Isaac. Registration is required, but the event is free. FFI: https://pr.huc.edu/email/2020/08/skirball-museum/?fbclid=IwAR0POemp1W6_z71uKJdXDN5IAp-Y5oUelNnvEsFBzcolR0LuHFFtOfn2mL8

Thursday, October 8. Form + Content Gallery (210 2nd St N, Mpls) presents Together/Apart, a group exhibition of work in a variety of media mounted by gallery members, including Michal Sagar. At this confusing, confounding, and exhilarating point in time, art seeks to shed light on the sacred and the profane, the past and the future, and our local community and the wider world. The exhibit runs through November 28. FFI: formandcontent.org/upcoming-exhibitions

Saturday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. The Minnesota Opera is streaming on demand for the first time its 2011 production of Wuthering Heights by composer Bernard Herrmann (perhaps better known for his film scores for Alfred Hitchcock classics like Vertigo and Psycho). Based on Emily Brontë’s celebrated literary romance, this timeless story of love on the English moors makes an excellent case for Herrmann as a versatile, first-rate composer. The production is available through October 24. FFI: https://mnopera.org/season/fall-season/wuthering-heights/

Tuesday, October 13, 7 p.m. Zoom in for the Homewood Photo Collective’s online gallery talk about their exhibit Climate of Change. FFI: www.homewoodstudios.com/calendar

Wednesday, October 14, 10 a.m. The Skirball Museum hosts Sex, Violence, and Family Drama in The Hebrew Bible, an online series of lectures exploring the source material of Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from The Bible. Today’s lecture features Abby Schwartz speaking on The Book of Job in Art. Registration is required, but the event is free. FFI: https://pr.huc.edu/email/2020/08/skirball-museum/?fbclid=IwAR0POemp1W6_z71uKJdXDN5IAp-Y5oUelNnvEsFBzcolR0LuHFFtOfn2mL8

Thursday, October 15. The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival opens with eight films, including feature-length & short films, post-film conversations, and more–-all from the comfort of your home. On view through November 1, Hilla Medalia’s Transkids depicts four Israeli teens undergoing an irreversible, life-altering process. What does it mean to be born in a body that is misaligned with your gender? The 2020 Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival is FREE to the community, thanks to the generosity of the Mary and Julius Pertzik Jewish Cultural Arts Fund. FFI or to register: www.tcjfilmfest.org

Thursday, October 15. In the film Lost in Berlin the centenarian Gerda Martel Freund sits in her comfortable recliner in her small apartment in Minneapolis, watching an endless loop of I Love Lucy reruns. Much like the brutal temperature extremes of the city in which she has landed, her life mirrors the cataclysmic events of the past century. Her son, director Rod Martel, takes us along on his desperate quest to discover his family's fascinating past before his mother's rapidly fading memory closes the door forever. On view through November 1, the film is part of the Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival. FFI or to register: www.tcjfilmfest.org

Thursday, October 15. The Tattooed Torah is an animated short film, adapted from the beloved children's book by Marvell Ginsburg that has been a powerful resource for Holocaust education for children. The film is a three-generational endeavor, initiated by Marvell's daughter, who first had the dream to transform the book into a film. The film brings the rich artwork to life and allows the story to reach a much broader audience all over the world. It’s on view through November 1 and is part of the Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival. FFI or to register: www.tcjfilmfest.org

Thursday, October 15. Not all films in the festival are feature-length. The Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival is showing two groups of short films (8-30 minutes apiece) that explore a range of subjects, including the 8-minute The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy and Healers of Faith: Be a Mensch. The short films are on view through November 1. FFI or to register: www.tcjfilmfest.org 

Saturday, October 17. A young Minnesotan searches for information about his late father’s life in Operation: Immigration and finds a story of immigration and assimilation. Along the way, he struggles to find himself. Watch this Fringe Festival award-winning hit online. The play-on-film, produced by the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company and written and performed by Avi Aharoni, is available pay-per-view till October 25. FFI: mnjewishtheatre.org/operationimm

Sunday, October 18, 2 p.m. The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is featuring the story of Jewish theater in Minnesota with a virtual dialogue highlighting their new publication, Setting the Stage: Jewish Theater in the Upper Midwest from its Origin to the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company. Hear from authors Doris Rubenstein and Natalie Madgy, along with fellow panelists Barbara Brooks and actors from Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. This event will be held on Zoom. RSVP: history@jhsum.org 

Wednesday, October 21, 10 a.m. The Skirball Museum hosts Sex, Violence, and Family Drama in The Hebrew Bible, an online series of lectures exploring the source material of Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from The Bible. Today’s lecture features James Buchanan speaking on Adam and Eve. Registration is required, but the event is free. FFI: https://pr.huc.edu/email/2020/08/skirball-museum/?fbclid=IwAR0POemp1W6_z71uKJdXDN5IAp-Y5oUelNnvEsFBzcolR0LuHFFtOfn2mL8

Thursday, October 22. In the film Stranger/Sister, two ordinary women--one Muslim and one Jewish--dare to believe they can join hands to stop the wave of hate. Overcoming a long history of distrust between their two religions, they build a movement that turns strangers into sisters, challenging our assumptions about how to fight hate in America. Intimately following women from Sisterhood chapters in Austin, Chicago and across the nation, the Sisters build a powerful network of hope in a time of chaos and hate. On view through October 31, the film is part of the Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival. FFI or to register: www.tcjfilmfest.org

Wednesday, October 28, 10 a.m. The Skirball Museum hosts Sex, Violence, and Family Drama in The Hebrew Bible, an online series of lectures exploring the source material of Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from The Bible. Today’s lecture features Matthew Kraus speaking on Jeptha’s Daughter. Registration is required, but the event is free. FFI: https://pr.huc.edu/email/2020/08/skirball-museum/?fbclid=IwAR0POemp1W6_z71uKJdXDN5IAp-Y5oUelNnvEsFBzcolR0LuHFFtOfn2mL8 

Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m. The Weisman Art Museum presents visual artist Brooks Turner speaking in an online talk on The Aesthetics of Fascism. The event kicks off the opening of his exhibit, Legends and Myths of Ancient Minnesota. Focusing on archival documents he studied at the Minnesota Historical Society and using drawing and collage,Turner has created an aesthetic history of  Fascism in Minnesota, especially the Silver Legion of America. Turner sees the traces of these political movements throughout the present-day Twin Cities and beyond. The exhibit runs through January 3. FFI: https://wam.umn.edu/calendar/the-aesthetics-of-fascism-artist-talk-by-brooks-turner/

Wednesday, October 28. As a follow-up to Rimon’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Ansky’s The Dybbuk, the Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival screens the classic 1937 film based on the play. In this mystical tale of star-crossed lovers, ill-fated vows, and supernatural possession, two friends tempt fate by betrothing their unborn children. Years later when the pledge is broken and the couple’s love is thwarted, Channon the young lover turns to the Kabbalah to win back his love. Watch for the post-screening segment that features local dance expert Judith Brin Ingber speaking on the famous choreography of the film. The Dybbuk is on view through November 1. FFI or to register: www.tcjfilmfest.org

Thursday, October 29, 7 p.m. Michal Sagar leads an artists’ talk discussing Form + Content’s group exhibition Together/Apart. Shoot an e-mail to formandcontent@gmail.com to get a link to participate in the conversation. FFI: formandcontent.org/upcoming-exhibitions

Sunday, November 1, 11 a.m. In the short film You Need to Be Ready to Let Go of What The Eye Sees, three actresses assume the roles of a Jewish woman, a Muslim woman, and a Russian Orthodox nun, all of whom represent the world of pious women who observe rules of extreme modesty. The film's title quotes one of the Jewish modesty women, who appeals not to judge them by their clothing and outward appearance. The narratives are based on interviews with women from all three religions. This is the final event in the Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival. A live conversation is hosted by TC Jewfolk and JCReate. FFI or to register: www.tcjfilmfest.org

Through November 1. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400 Third Ave S, Mpls) presents Rachel Breen’s intriguing installation The Labor We Wear. The exhibit highlights the relationships among garment laborers, the garment industry, and fashion consumers. In utilizing used clothing to create her installations, Breen holds her audience, the consumers of fashion, complicit in the troublesome cycle of garment production and consumption. FFI: https://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/rachel-breen-the-labor-we-wear/

Through November 8. Artist Norma Minkowitz is best known for establishing crochet as a fine art technique. After Minkowitz stiffens the fibers with resins, she removes the completed textile from its form, transforming her work into a hollow, transparent sculpture. She employs this technique in The Sabbath Now, a fiber sculpture on display at Mia’s Harold and Mickey Smith Judaica Gallery (2400 Third Ave S, Mpls). FFI: artsmia.org

Through November 29. Now that the Weisman Museum (333 E River Rd, Mpls) is open again, you still have time to see Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection. Bart’s work addresses urgent contemporary issues: the devastations of war, the complexities of memorialization, the emotional dimensions of space, and the gendering of labor. FFI: https://wam.umn.edu/calendar/harriet-bart/

Through December 31. The Parkway Theater is streaming the Israeli film drama, God of the Piano, directed by Itay Tal and winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival’s award for best actress. The plot: a young woman has never been able to reach her father’s exacting musical standards, Now her family's hope of producing a musical prodigy rests on her unborn son. When the baby is born deaf, she cannot accept it and resorts to extreme measures to ensure that her child will be the composer that her father always wanted. FFI: https://theparkwaytheater.com/now-streaming-films/god-of-the-piano

Through January 17. Here’s another exhibit to visit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400 3rd Ave S, Mpls) - Harriet Bart: Artist Books + Works on Paper in Gallery 353. If you’re still not venturing 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  FFI: artsmia.org

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 michael@konikoff.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/

Ongoing. The Jimmy Wilson Gallery is currently displaying works by over a dozen guest artists, including Wendy Kieffer Shragg, Jimmy Steinfeldt, and fine art prints by Jimmy Wilson himself. Check out the website for current hours. FFI: www.jimmypicture.com

OPPORTUNITIES

1. The deadline for Rimon’s next Project Support grant round is Friday, October 2, 5 p.m. We’re staying the course! Rimon accepts applications semi-annually for its Project Support grants. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Rimon has awarded $213,000 to 107 projects. FFI: rimon@sabesjcc.org or www.rimonMN.org 

2. If you would like help understanding how to vote by mail in the November election, Jewish Family Services can help. The JFS Voter Assistance program is well-suited for individuals who have a range of experience and exposure to technology. JFS has trained volunteers to walk you through the process step by step, with detailed help. All calls will be conducted by phone. FFI: Call JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon at 690-8907 or email her at msolomon@jfssp.org 

3. AJT 2020 Virtual Conference: Request for Performance Proposals  The Alliance for Jewish Theatre is seeking Performance Proposals for AJT’s 2020 Virtual Conference. Performers, companies, collectives, and theatre artists may apply. Accepted submissions will be paid a stipend.  Artists will have the opportunity to present their work to an engaged audience of theatre-makers creating Jewish work around the world. The deadline for submissions is October 8. FFI: conference@alljewishtheatre.org

4. Call for Art: Genesis; The Beginning of Creativity. The Jewish Art Salon invites member artists to submit artworks that reflect the Creation narrative found in the first chapters of the Bible, the Koran, as well as relevant commentaries. October 30 is the last day to submit. Submission link: https://jewishartsalon.org/2020/08/31/call-for-art-genesis/

5. St. Louis Park Arts & Culture grant applications are now available. The submission deadline is November 1. Funding is available to individuals, informal and formal organizations for creative arts and culture projects. The program funds new arts programs and projects that support community pride, connect artists and the community, and engage people in creative learning. Applicants do not need to live in St. Louis Park, but projects must take place within the city in 2021. FFI: https://www.stlouispark.org/our-city/arts-and-culture-grant-application

6. Hope Theme Submission. Where do you feel hope? Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality invites you to manifest your thoughts creatively through poetry, writing, painting, drawing, photography, video, building--whatever inspires you. Send your creations through December 1. One selection will be featured on a monthly basis in the Wisdom Ways emails so that others can be inspired and uplifted by the hope that surrounds us. FFI: info@wisdomwayscenter.org or mail to 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

7. Applications for the 2021 Bronfman Fellowship are open! The Bronfman Fellowship is among the most prestigious programs available to Jewish high school students of all backgrounds. The purpose of the Fellowship is to invest in a cohort of talented young Jews who will become leaders in all areas of Jewish and public life. We seek intellectually curious and mature applicants who love to learn. Each year they select a diverse group of 26 students for a Fellowship-year experience, starting with a free, five-week trip to Israel (assuming the safety of travel*), and followed by monthly virtual experiences and a winter and spring seminar in the U.S. Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, and meet with some of today’s most influential figures while building friendships with peers who challenge and inspire them. Applicants must be in 11th grade, self-identify as Jewish, and live in the United States or Canada. Application deadline: December 3. FFI: bronfman.org

8. 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. Post your event at www.jewishart.org

9. 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 

10. 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

11. Artist Career Consultations. Thirty leading artists from around Minnesota are ready to work with you on your creative plan, here for virtual one-on-one support navigating these difficult times. We're finding new ways to bring their expertise to you, through workshops, and Ask Me Anything sessions. For your consultation, choose your own consultant by discipline or expertise, or let us match you. With expertise across disciplines, cultures, and practices, these working artists can offer support with: 1) Career planning; 2) Website development & web presence; 3) Legal & financial planning; and 4) Grant-writing & fund development. Consultations are available on a sliding scale, and 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/

12. 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

13. 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: edunn@jewishtwincities.org

14. 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. https://www.milkenarchive.org/articles/view/getting-started/?utm_source=MA&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=GettingStarted_2020 

15. 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

RESOURCES

If you missed Rimon’s virtual Artist Salons from this summer (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. 

Learn more about and support Jews of color. Some of the 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.

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 careerservices@jfcsmpls.org 

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/

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  

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

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/

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/

FilmNorth is launching the Minnesota Film Community Emergency Relief Fund to support the filmmaking community. This fund will provide $500 grants to filmmakers and film crew in need until funds are exhausted. If you are a filmmaker or a film crew member in need, you can access the Fund application here.

The American Composers Forum is based in St. Paul but represents an enormous spectrum of composers working throughout North America. Their COVID-19 resource list reflects a more national perspective but features many emergency funds that local musicians will want to learn about. https://composersforum.org/acf-response-to-covid-19/

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 Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery has brought together 16 talented artists to create a Black Lives Matter street mural on Plymouth Ave N in front of the museum in support of the movement for racial justice sparked by the killing of George Floyd. The Museum plays a role in creating art and recording and documenting history, and history is unfolding right in front of our face. 

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. 

 

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