Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The July 2021 Edition
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P’Chotchka--a fast-paced evening of art, food, and ideas--returns on Monday, August 2. Eight great artists, 18 images apiece, 18 seconds per image. This year P’Chotchka takes place at St. Paul’s Como Lakeside Pavilion. It will sell out, so get your tickets pronto. FFI:

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Wednesday, July 7, 3 p.m. When does your creativity flourish? How can you move forward with your artistic ideas? The Minnesota JCC (4330 S Cedar Lake Rd, Mpls) hosts visiting artist Anat Szendro Sevilla who will lead a free 3-day retreat, When an Idea Meets Sisterhood & Creativity, exploring the power of sisterhood and its impact on your creativity. Anat uses hands-on techniques for brainstorming ideas and solutions, working through creative blocks, seeding self-empowerment, and igniting inspiration. Participants must register by July 2. Registration CLICK HERE 

Wednesday, July 7, 6 p.m. YIDSTOCK presents scholar Anna Shternshis in My Song Ends but My Singing Never Stops: Calls for Justice in the Yiddish Music of the Holocaust in Ukraine. The material is based on recently discovered documents detailing Yiddish music created during the 1940s in Nazi-occupied Ukraine. Register:

Wednesday, July 7, 7 p.m. The National Museum of American Jewish History presents celebrated Ladino singer/songwriter/author/activist Sarah Aroeste on the occasion of the release of her new recording, Monastir. Now located in Macedonia, Monastir was a Balkan city at the commercial crossroads between Turkey and Western Europe and home to Aroeste’s Sephardic family. Register: 

Thursday, July 8, 6 p.m. YIDSTOCK continues with Seb Schulman (Executive Director of KlezKanada) in conversation with performers Sveta Kundish, Patrick Farrell, and Daniel Kahn. Register:

Through July 9. In the Israeli film Asia a young single mother hides nothing about her work-hard, play-hard lifestyle and expects the same openness from her teenage daughter, Vika. When Vika’s health declines, however, her need for independence and romantic exploration become paramount, and Asia realizes she must change her ways. The daughter is played by Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”). Stream the film here: click here

Sunday, July 11. The concert YIDSTOCK: The Festival of New Yiddish Music is virtual but absolutely worth your attention. Emceed by YIDSTOCK artistic director Seth Rogovoy, it features a dozen stellar musicians from around the world, including Eleanor Reissa, Lorin Sklamberg, Frank London, and Daniel Kahn. The artists perform a broad and eclectic repertoire of social justice songs recorded exclusively for YIDSTOCK, drawn from Yiddish music and literature. FFI:

Through July 11. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2501 Stevens Ave, Mpls) hosts Then & Now: 25+ Years of MCAD MFA, featuring fifteen artists from the earliest years of its MFA program (including artist/educator Michal Sagar) and their mentors (such as Joyce Lyon, Shana Kaplow, and David Rich). FFI: 

Thursday, July 15, 6 p.m. YIDSTOCK artistic director Seth Rogovoy presents The Times They Were a-Changin’: Jewish Protest Singers of the 1960s, examining how Jewish artists of that turbulent decade addressed many of the same issues that their Yiddish forebears tackled just a few decades earlier. Register: 

Through July 16. Traffic Zone Gallery (250 3rd Ave N, Mpls) presents Tree of Life, a new exhibition of paintings by Howard Oransky dedicated to the memory of Robert Levy. FFI:

Saturday, July 17, 7 p.m. LIVE at the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (821 E. 35th St, Mpls) is The Garden: A Refuge, a play written by Cia Sautter and produced by Storydance Theatre. This multimedia work is grounded in Earth-based creation and re-interprets the story of Job through this lens. Performers include Cialuna,Vickijoan Keck, Ross Fellrath, Emily Jarrett Hughes, Dagmara Gutman, and Diana Viteri. Bring chairs and blankets to sit on. A second live performance takes place on Sunday, July 18, 4 p.m. Tickets:  A filmed version is available on Vimeo through July 11:

Monday, July 19, 9 a.m. The Minnesota JCC’s TC Talks presents playwright Sam Graber in a Zoom conversation about his podcast American Refugee.  Graber tells heartwarming, heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious stories of American refugees. Join the conversation: 

Saturday, July 31, 6 p.m. Stop by for an artist reception with painter Bonnie Heller in honor of her new cake-themed paintings exhibited at Traffic Zone Gallery (250 3rd Ave N, Mpls). The work is on view through August 27. FFI:  

Through July 31. Form + Content Gallery (210 N 2nd St, Mpls) presents When Pattern Becomes Form, an exhibition of new work by Clarence Morgan, Stuart Nielsen, and Howard Oransky. FFI: 

Monday, August 2, 6 p.m. Eight accomplished artists take the stage outdoors at the ninth annual P’Chotchka, a fast-paced evening of art, food, and ideas, held this year at bucolic Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul). The deadline for making a reservation is July 21. FFI:

Through August 8. Dreamsong (1237 4th St NE, Mpls), the Twin Cities’ newest multidisciplinary arts venue, exhibits A glitter of seas, curated by Rebecca Heidenberg. The exhibit explores maternity through painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and video by contemporary female artists and features deeply intimate and personal work, explorations of the maternal body, conceptual projects, and work grounded in broader socio-political realities. FFI:

Through August 9. The eight artists of the Ararat Collective, including local favorite Robyn Awend, are producing a series of works and events under the title Ararat Collective’s Map to Surviving a Pandemic. Check out Robyn’s new work, Pandemic Table of Elements, an interactive piece that explores an alternate version of the traditional Periodic Table of Elements, documenting pandemic daily life; new rituals and routines, circumstances and vocabulary. To check out this piece, add your voice, and experience the work of the other artists, visit

Through August 15. Saul Steinberg is widely known for his decades of drawings in The New Yorker magazine. He thought of himself as an author who drew—a conceptual artist. Whether studying the pulse of urban life, the limits of language, or the history of art, he had a knack for destabilizing his audience, gently reorienting them to his off-kilter point of view. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400-3rd Ave S, Mpls) presents a sampling of his work in Saul Steinberg: Visual Verse. FFI: 

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:

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 



Rabbi Shefa Gold returns to Minnesota for a retreat July 15-18 entitled Devotional Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love, Remembering Wholeness at the Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville. Chant is a foundational practice found in virtually all faith traditions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. While on retreat, the group will explore the ways they have become separated from their own bodies, from the earth on which they dwell, and from the wholeness of Creation. The participants will celebrate and re-connect using chant, movement, reflection and sacred dialogue. FFI:

The American Jewish Historical Society is hosting a national poetry contest that asks students: “If you could write a poem for the Statue of Liberty today, what would it say?” Submissions will be divided into three groups: Middle School, High School and Collegiate/Adult Emerging Poet. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and be featured in an upcoming AJHS Film and publication. All submissions will be preserved in the AJHS Archive alongside the collection of Emma Lazarus. Deadline for submission is July 22.

The 2022 HBI Artist Program provides an artist the opportunity to have a solo exhibition for 12 weeks at the Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University. The selected artist is awarded a $2500 exhibition stipend and a $500 honorarium to produce two programs during the exhibition. In addition to the physical exhibition in the gallery, the HBI Artist exhibition will be viewable online and have an accompanying printed exhibition catalog. Proposals must relate to HBI’s mission of developing fresh ideas about Jews and gender. The HB Artist Program invites submissions that emphasize the experiences of Jews of color. The application deadline is July 30. Application

Sarah Larsson of Folk Will Save Us and The Nightingale Trio is teaching kids camp in Yiddish folksongs and tales through Pinwheel Arts and Movement Studio in Minneapolis. Kids will learn songs and folk tales from Eastern Europe and wonder about the ways people experienced the same songs a century ago. We’ll take a nature walk and learn the names of trees, flowers, ducks, and squirrels in Yiddish, and we’ll act out folk tales about adventurous and funny kids like us. We’ll remember the fact that many of our ancestors came to North America from other places and that we are guests on Native land. Each day we’ll write our own folktale based on some of the mischievous heroes and (mis)adventures we learned from other stories and songs. All are welcome; no Jewish/Yiddish heritage required. In fact, we’d love to hear about everyone’s different family stories. The camp runs August 2-6 for ages 8-12. FFI:  

The Minnesota Sinfonia announces 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. FFI: 612-871-1701

The instrumentalist and spiritual seeker Yuval Ron leads a retreat at the Episcopal House of Prayer on August 19-22 called One Song – Deep Spirituality and Sound of the Three Abrahamic Religions. Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned world music artist, composer, educator, peace activist, and record producer. He has received many honors and awards. He was the featured artist in the gala concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008 and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan since 2006.  FFI: 

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:

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 art works will offer creative avenues with which to prepare for, mark, and engage with the shmita year. Deadline is Chanukah 2021. FFI:

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: 

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:

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:

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: 



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: 

New books from Springboard for the Arts spark inspiration and aid learning. Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists curriculum and the Handbook for Artists Working in Community for sale! These workbooks are perfect for individual study, ready to be marked up and annotated, or as a textbook in a classroom or workshop setting. Both books are full-color and spiral bound, with illustration and design by Cori Nakamura Lin. Get one for your studio, classroom, or desk today! FFI:

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:

Did you miss I once was a boy: On the edge with poet Anna Margolin, Rimon’s Artist Salon in May featuring the world premiere of Anat Spiegel’s Anna? You can watch it and the highlights of many other Rimon Artist Salons from the past. Visit: 

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:   

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

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 to take the 15-minute survey and have your voice heard!

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