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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council's Monthly e-Guide
The December 2020 Edition
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STAND UP AND BE COUNTED! Rimon will be reaching out to all Minnesota Jewish artists during December and January for inclusion in Rimon’s free, online, searchable database. This comprehensive NEW artist directory will be an invaluable tool for artists and audiences alike. 

 

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EVENTS

 

Wednesday, December 2, 11 a.m. The Skirball Museum in Cincinnati presents You did WHAT to my comics?! as part of its series, Graphic Jews: Storytelling through Art series. Artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik leads an interactive studio visit and workshop about his innovative Mishna and comic book explorations. It’s all on Zoom, of course. FFI: http://www.ishfestival.org/graphicjews.html

 

Thursday, December 3, 7 p.m. Join Jewish Women’s Archive’s Quarantine(ish) Book Talks for an online dialogue with legendary artist Maira Kalman, who has just produced a new illustrated edition of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by the even more legendary Gertrude Stein. The book is bursting with fanciful images by Kalman. FFI: JWA.org

 

Thursday, December 3. The Other Israel Film Festival will be held virtually this year from December 3 to 10. The festival showcases over two dozen films exploring Israeli and Palestinian stories, as well as panels discussing history, culture, politics, and identity. A few are profiled below in the listings. FFI: https://www.otherisrael.org/films/

 

Thursday, December 3. The Other Israel Film Festival presents Maya Zinshtein’s 'Til Kingdom Come which offers a deep look into the controversial bond between Evangelical Christians and Jews. It’s a story of faith, power, and money and reveals how America’s Right is led by an end-times apocalyptic countdown. Join the director on December 5 at 5 pm for a virtual Q & A. The film can be watched through December 10. Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/otherisrael/play/5f89e27d7ae4bd009f0bf223

 

Thursday, December 3. Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After the filming ended, the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette after the other, Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her term as Prime Minister—five turbulent years that secured her place in history, albeit at a high personal cost. Presented by The Other Israel Film Festival, it’s available for viewing through December 10. There’s a Q&A on December 6 at 2 pm with director Udi Nir. Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/otherisrael/play/5f89e7bf371ae700aa76aa7f

 

Thursday, December 3. The film Laila in Haifa tells of one fateful night in a club in the port city of Haifa, where the interweaving stories of five women come together. The film, another installment in The Other Israel Film Festival, presents a snapshot of contemporary life in one of the last remaining spaces where Israelis and Palestinians come together to engage in face-to-face relationships. A Q&A on December 10 at 5 pm features director Amos Gitai and others. The film is available for viewing through December 10. Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/otherisrael/play/5f8f3740d0741e29811e9b54

 

Through December 5. Sandra Brick and Fred Amram's exhibit Lest We Forget, on display at the Gorecki Gallery at the Benedicta Arts Center (37 S College Ave, St. Joseph), contains mixed media visual art and prose vignettes that explore a young Jewish man’s coming of age during the Holocaust and the struggles he encounters as a refugee in the United States. FFI: www.csbsju.edu/news/lest-we-forget-2020

 

Monday, December 7, 7 p.m. Join Ron Leshem, creator of Valley of Tears, for a conversation on the new series shaking Israeli society. Inspired by true events, Valley of Tears is a ten-part miniseries depicting the Yom Kippur War through the eyes of young combatants. It tells four stories of individuals swept from their loved ones by the ravages of war, four parallel plotlines intertwined into one climactic battle. The event is free, but registration is required. https://jewishminneapolis.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6cc402f0e28bdfd58821caf0e&id=4a6dd5883b&e=8f1bd76981

 

Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m. The Jewish Women’s Archives is back with another online Quarantine(ish) Book Talk, featuring Myra Stober, author of Sharing the Work. This is economist Stober’s memoir about her study of and fight against gender bias in the workplace, in academia, and at home. FFI: JWA.org

 

Thursday, December 10, 7:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company's online production Operation: Immigration returns! A young Minnesotan searches for information about his late father, an Iranian Jew, and along the way begins to find himself. The play was written and performed by Avi Aharoni and directed by Robert Dorfman. It runs through December 13. FFI: 651-647-4315.

 

Monday, December 14, 6 p.m.  The Congress for Jewish Culture presents Der Dibuk: 100 Years of a Classic Yiddish Play, marking 100 years since the curtain first rose on the Vilner Troupe's ground-breaking production of Ansky's drama. The Dybbuk has been called “the most iconic play in the Jewish canon.” The CJC’s star-studded online production of the play is in Yiddish with English subtitles and English narration. FFI: https://www.facebook.com/events/1826233530859801/ 

 

Through December 15. Chase away all that is gnashing at you with Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre's live streaming of Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins, Shari Aronson's adaptation of the beloved children's book by Eric A Kimmel. FFI: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=114172&mc_cid=1c7299bab0&mc_eid=db943b6811

 

Thursday, December 17, 7 p.m. The Jewish Women’s Archives is back at it with a Quarantine(ish) Book Talk with Janice Kaplan, author of The Genius of Women. In her book Kaplan sets out to determine why the extraordinary work of so many women has been brushed aside and celebrates the women geniuses who have triumphed anyway. FFI: JWA.org

 

Friday, December 18, 1 p.m. Since 1980, Foot in the Door has been an open exhibition for Minnesotan artists of all ages to present their work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The exhibition occurs once every ten years. Join Mia Teaching artist Ilene Krug Mojsilov for a virtual open studio to celebrate the Foot in the Door exhibition at home! Use collage materials from home like old postcards, junk mail, and magazines to create your own foot-by-foot art work inspired by art at Mia. Foot in the Door runs online through January 10. FFI: artsMIA.org

 

Through December 20. For the last seven years Rachel Breen’s work has examined the labor rights of garment workers, a nexus for many challenges of capitalism - globalization, climate crisis, racism, and labor abuse. The Shapes We Take is yet another chapter in Breen’s commitment to making visible commentary with her sewing machine and scraps of fabric. FFI: soovac.org

 

Through December 20. The streaming production Imagining Herschel--scenes from a play by Colin Greer--is an impressionistic portrayal of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the 20th century’s great theologians and activists in social justice. The drama shows the essential movement towards a new relationship between the Vatican and the Jewish people in light of the Holocaust and Israel. The theater-on-film production is available for viewing December 1-20. FFI: https://www.bunburytheatre.org/imagining-in-heschel-in-december

 

Thursday, December 24. Are you Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas? The Sabes JCC is offering a free virtual event that you can watch December 24-26 at your convenience. Set almost entirely in a Chinese restaurant, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary that tells the story of Jewish songwriters who wrote the soundtrack to that famous December holiday. It’s billed as an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-film-screening-dreaming-of-a-jewish-christmas-tickets-130298906537

 

Through December 31. The Parkway Theater is streaming the Israeli film drama, God of the Piano, 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 3. The Weisman Art Museum concludes 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/

 

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: joyg33@gmail.com

 

Through January 17. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400 3rd Ave S, Mpls) presents Harriet Bart: Artist Books + Works on Paper in Gallery 353. If 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  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/

 

                       

OPPORTUNITIES

 

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.

 

Every Israeli market overflows with a rich offering of fresh green herbs and aromatic, colorful spices. Where do these spices come from? How do Israelis use them? What are the rich, ethnic spice traditions in Israel? Join Zehorit Heilicher and Avihai Tsabari from Via Sabra Tours for The Spicy Kitchen--Herbs & Spices. Expand your knowledge and your repertoire to flavor up your cooking! This event on Friday, December 6 at noon includes a demonstration and recipe for a favorite Israeli spice mix. FFI: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItf-2prjMjGtU8ehE9iBsv73dCT6beeh0s?mc_cid=1de13380d9&mc_eid=8f1bd76981

 

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

 

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: mbraun@crosswaygrp.com to schedule a chat at your convenience.  

 

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. Please direct your questions to: office@jewishart.org.

 

There are numerous workshop opportunities through Springboard for the Arts. Some of the offerings include Work of Art: Marketing (December 2), Work of Art: Funding (December 5), and Work of Art: Business Plan essentials (December 19). FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/events/

 

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

 

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

 

RESOURCES

 

The Personal Emergency Relief Fund is open. As part of Springboard for the Arts’ ongoing commitment to address the multiple crises of this time, they are re-opening their Personal Emergency Relief Fund with a limited pool of funds. Applications will be open from Monday, November 16, to Friday, December 4. Deadline to apply is 5 pm. The Fund supplies $500 to artists living in Minnesota with catastrophic, career-threatening emergencies such as income loss from cancellations, closures, and postponements in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical emergency, theft, or natural disaster. FFI: https://springboardforthearts.org/additional-resources/personal-emergency-relief-fund

 

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 

 

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

 

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.

 

Rain Taxi has published Can't Stop Won't Stop, a chapbook bringing together the voices of Black Twin Cities poets, edited by Mary Moore Easter. The poems were written in the wake of racial injustice. Order your copy at https://twincitiesbookfestival.com/rain-taxi-and-festival-merch/

 

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 December 28 through January 29. For those who would rather see the images online: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c04chx80f2ast62/AABgbkndIje96LWPxoPatYRKa?dl=0

 

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. 

 

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 

 

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

 

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

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