Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council
Rimon, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, promotes and enhances Jewish identity through arts and culture, supports arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes, and assists the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. Rimon also provides community grants to qualified local projects.
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May Artist Salon
Depth of Field: A Filmmaker Looks at Diaspora
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7 p.m.
Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis
Cost: $10 (students: $5)
Norah Shapiro screens excerpts of her work-in-process, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile. Fellow filmmaker Lu Lippold joins Shapiro to discuss the challenges of working inside another culture and how the experience of exile can create an unexpected bridge between cultures. Sign language interpretation is available upon request. Click here for more information.
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Rimon Accepting Project Grant Proposals in its Autumn Round
Deadline: September 16, 2013
Rimon is now accepting Project Support grant proposals in its autumn round of funding for arts-related projects. Grants will provide limited financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project's budget. Deadline for submission is September 16, 2013, 5 p.m. (not a postmark deadline). Guidelines and Application Procedure
Highlights from This Year’s Artist Salons
Once Again Rimon Named One Of Top 50 Most Innovative Jewish Organizations In North America
Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council has, for the second year running, been named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot ‘12-‘13, a resource guide for Jewish innovation. Rimon was selected for this list because of its resourcefulness in creating opportunities, programs, and collaborations that place the arts in the center of the community’s life rather than at its margins. More than 200 artists working in all disciplines and institutions (Jewish and non-Jewish) have benefited from Rimon’s multi-faceted support.
Slingshot, A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, is an annual compilation of the most inspiring and innovative organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today. First published in 2005, Slingshot continues to highlight those organizations in Jewish life with particular resonance among the next generation. Since its inception, Slingshot has highlighted 173 innovative Jewish organizations in North America.
The Slingshot resource guide is distributed to 7,500 funders, foundation professionals, federation executives, and not-for-profit leaders annually, in addition to tens of thousands of online downloads. Slingshot is read at family foundation board tables, in classrooms, at Thanksgiving dinners, and thousands of other places.
Singers in Accord has been awarded funding to support the music residency of acclaimed conductor and Jewish music specialist Joshua Jacobson in the spring of 2013. The week-long residency includes seminars, classes, and public concerts.
The Sabes JCC has been awarded funding to support special programming within the 2013 Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival –screening of the Israeli documentary Life in Stills; a photographic exhibit connected to the film; and a post-film discussion.
Recipients of Spring 2012 Project Support Grants
The St. Paul JCC's Camp Butwin has been awarded funding to support "Reflections", a collaboration between camp and ArtStart, that will result in camper-designed, mosaic-topped benches that incorporate visual interpretations of 5 Jewish values (acts of loving kindness, bringing peace between people, gratitude, tolerance, and conservation). More...
Hillel at the University of Minnesota has been awarded funding to support "Extreme Makeover Sukkah Edition," a contest that will match individual artists with teams of students to construct inventive, artful and inviting sukkot during the holiday of Sukkot in autumn of 2012.
P'Chotchka, a Tasty Sampling of Rimon Grant-Supported Art
A big thank-you to everyone who attended Rimon’s first P’Chotchka, a fun fast-paced evening featuring 8 artists from the fields of music, writing, theater, photography, architecture, video, and visual art. Artists included indie band favorite Adam Levy, actor Dylan Fresco, singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne, architect Kent Simon, videographer Matt Peiken, glass artist Lucy Rose Fischer, photographer Sylvia Horwitz, and writer Margie Newman.
Review and following photos by Alexandra Katz.
Sunday, May 12. A striking exhibit of photographs, Transfer of Memory, opens at the Sabes JCC (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls). Photographer David Sherman and writer Lili Chester have collaborated to portray Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota in their homes. The exhibit runs through June 9. FFI: 952-381-3416.
Through May 23. The Sabes JCC (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls) presents Art of the Times in its Shared Walls exhibition area. More than a dozen artists, all participants in the JCC’s Active Older Adult programming, have created work which spans many media. FFI: 951-381-3416.
Saturday, May 25, 11:30 p.m. Israeli-born singer-songwriter Shahar Eberzon brings her captivating voice to the Dakota Jazz Club (1010 Nicollet Ave., Mpls). She comes highly recommended, so stay up late and catch her act. FFI: 612-332-1010.
Sunday, May 26, 2 p.m. Poet Joe Goldman and visual artist Larry Spiegel present The Holocaust: Poetry, Artistry, Memory at the Sabes JCC (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls). FFI: 952-381-3416.
Through May 30. The Adath Jeshurun Congregation (10500 Hillside Lane W., Minnetonka) presents the series, A Contemporary Legacy of the Holocaust, in the synagogue’s Kitsis Foyer gallery. FFI: 952-545-2424.
Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m. The Twin Cities Jewish Chorale closes its season with Songs of Triumph at Bet Shalom Congregation (13613 Orchard Rd., Minnetonka), featuring works by Salomone Rossi, Schubert, Handel, and Verdi. FFI: 952-933-8525.
Monday, June 3, 6 p.m. P’Chotchka…Back by popular demand! Rimon features 8 artists (from theater & film to dance & visual art) in a fast-paced presentation of their work, and you’re invited. The venue is Pinstripes (3849 Gallagher Dr., Edina). There’s food, there’s fun. Make that reservation now! www.rimonMN.org.
Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. The St. Paul JCC Symphony (1375 St. Paul Ave.) closes its season under conductor Amir Kats with a program featuring baritone Joshua Kowitz in arias by Mozart, Donizetti, and Bizet. FFI: 651-255-4734.
Through June 23. Westminster Presbyterian Church (1200 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls) hosts an exhibit, Creation!, produced by the Jewish Women Artists’ Circle. The sixteen featured artists have created work inspired by their studies of Genesis and the scientific evidence for the origins and evolution of life. FFI: 612-332-3121.
Through June 29. Sylvia Horwitz’s photographic exhibit The Disappeared captures the experience of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo who continue to protest the disappearance of their children during Argentina’s Dirty War. The venue is the William Mitchell College of Law Gallery (875 Summit Ave., St. Paul). FFI: 651-695-7621.
Monday, June 3, 6-8 p.m.
P’Chotchka is a fast-paced evening of art, film, and performance. After a wildly successful first year in 2012, P’Chotchka is back by popular demand on Monday, June 3, 6 p.m., at Pinstripes in Edina. The price of admission is $54 and includes food and a beverage.
The event is a benefit for Rimon and features eight outstanding artists Rimon has funded, commissioned, or presented. This year’s line-up includes actor/playwright Sun-Mee Chomet, nonfiction writer Neal Karlen, Illusion Theater’s Executive Producer Michael Robins, novelist Judith Katz, filmmaker Laura Silver, storyteller Carla Vogel, visual artist Shana Kaplow, and dancer/choreographer Stuart Pimsler. Read more.
P’Chotchka is a tongue-in-cheek variation on a format developed in Japan called pecha kucha (or chitchat). During P’Chotchka a series of artists speak about ideas or images which excite them or have inspired their artistic work. Eighteen images of each artist’s choosing are projected on a screen, and the artists talk about each image for 18 seconds. The result is a lively smorgasbord of ideas.
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Questions? Contact David Jordan Harris at 952-381-3449.
P’Chotchka is back by popular demand
by Laura French from the American Jewish WorldQuestion: Why is Rimon one of the 50 Most Innovative Jewish Non-Profits in North America (as named by Slingshot)? Answer: P’Chotchka!
When TED Talks meet speed dating, with a Jewish twist, you get P’Chotchka, which is back by popular demand for Twin Cities audiences on June 3 at Pinstripes in Edina. The concept is modeled on the pecha kucha, a brainchild of two Tokyo architects that requires speakers to get their point across in 20 slides with 20 seconds of pungent observation per slide. In P’Chotchka, of course, that morphs into 18 slides and 18 seconds each. L’Chaim!
Highlights from the Past Year’s Artist Salons
Art Maven: Past Columns
A Time to Build
Breathing New Energy into Jewish Life Creating Art Learning Jewish Values The Secret Life of Puppets
The Environment and Jewish Values
Sustainability, and an Artist's Voice
Going Undercover with Teenage Filmmakers
In the Arts Passion Prevails
Come Home to Community
Who in the World Was Bernard Herrmann?
Arts Build Bridges Between Cultures
Tobi Kahn Visits Minnesota
Born in Hardship, Nurtured by Collaboration
Glass Glows in a Garden
Oy Vey is Yiddish for Uff-da
Rimon Advisory Board & Staff
Janet Kampf, Chair
Maury Landsman, Vice Chair
Jonathan Gross, Secretary/Treasurer
Debra Fisher Goldstein
Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin
Rabbi Aaron Weininger
Honorary Board Members
Judith Brin Ingber
David Jordan Harris, Executive Director
Nicole Mass, Administrative Assistant