Listed below are current community needs in the area of Cultural Arts. If you have any questions or to make a donation, please contact Beatrice Fine.
Epsten Gallery Foundation: Pop Up Art Studios: A Series of Mini-Residencies
Like a pop up museum, which is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate, the Epsten Pop Up Art Studio will transform the Epsten Gallery into an artist studio and invite Village Shalom residents, families, students (K-12), and adults of all ages and abilities to engage in a variety of art activities. Support this program with your fund
The J: Dark Dinner
The J seeks to partner with Alphapointe, a nonprofit organization assisting and advocating for people with visual disabilities, to offer a dinner in complete darkness. Scheduled to take place in the spring of 2018 in conjunction with a production in the White Theatre portraying disabilities, this program is designed to sensitize an audience of up to 200 to the experience of blindness and dependency. For optimal results, The J requires training for the servers and a professional to facilitate a discussion with participants following the dinner. $7,500 is requested. Support this program through your fund
The J: Literary Salons
Jews are described as The Prosen People and The People of the Book. Literary Salons offer adults the opportunity to dive deeply into great Jewish literature that can be read in one sitting. Groups are limited to 12 participants who are seeking an informal yet intellectually challenging experience. $500 of funding will help cover the cost of professional educators and trained facilitators who assure the quality of selections and discussion. Support this program through your fund
The J: Walls of Respect
The J has received significant funding for Jewish artists to collaborate with colleagues from Latino, Asian, African and African American cultures to create multisensory installations celebrating cultural diversity in America. The content of the installations will be defined by the input of over 300 local participants from different cultures who will participate in structured “story-sharing” programs facilitated by a nationally acclaimed professional. The installations will be portable, so that their impact will be felt throughout and far beyond the metro area. The J’s Project Coordinator (Director of Jewish Experiences) will create a how-to manual so that the project can be replicated elsewhere. The J seeks funding to form two teams whose work will greatly enhance the outcomes of the project:
1) A professional writer, photographer and videographer to document the process and the participants and create exhibition-worthy materials to accompany the installation. $6,000 for personnel and materials.
2) Educators to create “lesson plans” targeted to different age groups and audiences, for use by presenters accompanying the installations to different locations. $3,000 for personnel and materials.
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The J: "Wiesenthal"
On stage from April 11-14, “Wiesenthal” is the story of an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. “Wiesenthal” is written by and stars Tom Dugan. Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, an ordinary man who did the extraordinary. Nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond,” he devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal was a universal hero. Performances coincide with Yom Hashoa (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on April 12th. Funding is sought to help underwrite a Friday morning performance for local middle and high school students. The J charges only $5 per student ticket, well below the cost to fund the production. Local news stories about St. Teresa’s students' misunderstanding of the Holocaust and Nazi symbols make the show very relevant to aid in the education of young adults.
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Midwest Center for Holocaust Education: Living Voices
Living Voices turns the history of diverse populations into moving and personal journeys through a variety of live, dynamic solo performances combined with archival film and sound, and professional actors. The events promote greater understanding of ethnic groups in the U.S. that have been marginalized and continue to be victims of discrimination. Through Living Voices productions, MCHE will introduce students to this information and encourage teachers to include these events in their classroom instruction. Support this program with your fund