Arts & Culture

 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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Rimon Accepting Project Grant Proposals in its Autumn Round

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.

The new deadline for the Project Support grant is August 27, 5 p.m. (not a postmark deadline).

Rimon grant application and guidelines  


Scenes from P'Chotchka 2014


Mazel Tov to Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council on being named to the 2013-2014 Slingshot Class!

October 25, 2013
Slingshot has just released Slingshot 2013-14 – its ninth annual guide to North America’s top innovative Jewish organizations.

Rimon has been chosen by Slingshot: A Resource Guide for Innovation for the third year in a row from among hundreds of organizations that applied to the prestigious guide for inclusion. Rimon was one of 50 organizations selected as a model in innovation 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.

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Rimon Selects Recipients of Spring 2014 Project Support Grants

The St. Paul JCC received funding to support the launch of the new Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival, October 23—November 2, 2014.





Curt Brown received funding to support the research and writing of a book that tells the unlikely story of a St. Paul Jewish family and their business the Marvy Company, which became internationally famous as a manufacturer of barber poles.





World Without Genocide received funding to support the creation of a video documentary, Starvation: A Weapon of Genocide, which explores starvation as a method used to exterminate Jews, American Indians, Armenians, Rwandans, and North Koreans.



Rimon Selects Recipients of Autumn 2013 Project Support Grants

The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul received  funding to support a Jewish film series as part of the 2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 3-19, 2014.


Zorongo Flamenco received funding to support the premiere performance of ConVivir: 7 Dances to a More Compassionate World at the Cowles Center for Dance in downtown Minneapolis. The production will bring together local and international dancers, singers, and musicians from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds.




Ethan Rowan Pope received funding to support the creation, printing, and publishing of an illustrated book based on the true stories of Holocaust survivor Joe Grosnacht. The book will be illustrated by middle school and high school students from The Breck School.




The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company received funding to support the regional premiere of The History of Invulnerability, a play about the creation of Superman and his growth to superhero status amidst the rise of Nazism and other historical events of the 1930s-40.


For the complete August 2014 schedule of events and opportunities, click here.

Rimon accepts applications semi-annually for its Project Support granting program. The next deadline for submissions is August 27, 5 p.m. (not a postmark deadline). Click here for application and deadlines.

Looking for a deal on tickets to Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles at the Guthrie this fall? Rimon has secured substantially discounted tickets ($35 instead of $48) for the evening performance on Sunday, October 19 (7 p.m.). Make your reservation now at, or call the Rimon office at 952-381-3449.

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Friday, August 16, 8 p.m. TalkingImageConnection presents Souvenirs from “Americana” at The Soap Factory (514 2nd St. SE., Mpls). Performers, composers, and writers share music, stories, poems, and other souvenirs in response to the gallery’s Americana exhibition. FFI: 612-623-9176 or

Through August 16. Stop by A Natural Measure of Time at Form + Content Gallery (210 N. 2nd St., Mpls) for a look at recent work by painter Howard Oransky. FFI: 612-436-1151.

Sunday, August 17, 7 p.m. The Sabes JCC (Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls) presents How To Be A Korean Woman, a one-woman show by Sun Mee Chomet. This play sold out in a run at the Guthrie Theater earlier in the year. FFI: 952-381-3499.

Thursday, August 21. Form + Content Gallery (210 N. 2nd St., Mpls) debuts Two Gardens, an exhibit of new paintings by Joyce Lyon juxtaposing ancient Roman and modern-day Minnesota gardens. Public reception on August 23, 6-9 p.m. The exhibit runs through September 20. FFI: 612-436-1151 or

Friday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls) presents My Horrifying Youth, a one-night concept cabaret exploring the trials, tribulations and occasional joys of adolescence. The show features the one-and-only Amy Salloway. FFI: 612-721-3595 or
Through August 24.
The Harold & Mickey Smith Gallery of Jewish Art and Culture (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls) presents Inscribe These Words, an exhibit exploring inscriptions on Judaica objects. FFI: 888-642-2787.

Through August 26. Visit the inaugural exhibit, Organism as Symbolism, of Track 29 Gallery (2841 Bryant Ave. S., Mpls) for a look at work by Lynda Monick-Isenberg and Steve Ozone. FFI: 612-872-0029.

Through August 31. The Guthrie Theater (818 S. 2nd St., Mpls) presents Tony award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on the McGuire Proscenium Stage, The cast is stellar—among them, local actress Ali Rose Dachis. FFI: 612-377-2224.

Through August 31. National Camera Exchange presents An Exhibit of 100 Years of Cameras and Photography, featuring the work of Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin and other prominent Minnesota photographers, at The Mpls Photo Center (2400 N. 2nd St., Mpls). FFI: 612-643-3511.

Through August 31. The Basilica of Saint Mary (88 N. 17th St., Mpls) hosts an exhibition of the Jewish Women Artists’ Circle’s lovely Kabbalah and Creation. The exhibit crosses the river for display at Mount Zion Temple (1300 Summit Ave. St. Paul), beginning September 7 and running through November 7. FFI:

Thursday, September 4, 6 p.m. Drop by an opening reception for Something In Between, a joint show by painters Bonnie Cutts and Cynthia Starkweather-Nelson at the Ames Center (12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville). The exhibit runs through October 12. FFI: 952-895-4685.

Through September 8. Instinct Art Gallery (940 Nicollet Mall, Mpls) hosts Self & Others, featuring portraits by Frank and Pamela Gaard, Nancy Robinson and Stu Mead. FFI: 612-208-0696.

Through September 21. CIRCA Gallery (210 N. 1st St., Mpls) presents Summer Salon, a group exhibition including work by painter David Rich and many others. FFI: 612-332-2386 or


A New Season of Artist Salons 

Marina Rubin


March 1, 2015

Joel Carter

April 19, 2015


New this season: you can buy a Salon season pass--four Salons for the price of three. Click here or contact the Rimon office at 952-381-3449 to purchase a pass ($36) or to give one as a gift.

Individual salon tickets will be available shortly - stay tuned... 

Rimon opens its eighth season of Artist Salons on October 12 (4 p.m.) with a screening of the documentary Sukkah City (in collaboration with the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival) at the Sabes JCC. The film is followed by a dialogue between architect Kent Simon and the former director of the University of Minnesota’s Design Institute, Janet Abrams, on how artists re-purpose traditional symbols  with contemporary resonance.

Rimon crosses the river for its second Artist Salon on November 23 (2 p.m.) at Studio Z in St. Paul’s Lowertown. Featuring Minneapolis musician Yoni Reinharz, who believes his family’s life has been one degree of separation from nearly every major social phenomenon of Jewish life during the last 100 years, the Salon explores the capacity of a singer-songwriter to tell the larger stories of his culture through his intimate medium. Guitarist Tom Lieberman is the moderator. 

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Rimon Offering Discounted Tickets to "The Heidi Chronicles" at the Guthrie Theater

Date: Sunday, October 19, 7 p.m.
Cost: $35

You won’t want to miss the Guthrie’s production of The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein. Described as “not just a funny play, but a wise one,” the play tells the story of a woman who is trying to balance work, friendship, romance, and motherhood—with varying degrees of success.

Rimon has secured deeply discounted tickets to the Sunday, October 19 (7 pm) performance--$35 instead of $48. Reservations must be made through Rimon by September 19. Reserve your ticket by clicking here  or by calling the Rimon office at 952-381-3449.



Highlights from This Year’s Artist Salons

Sun Mee Chomet and Robert Dorfman in "Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family's Past"


"Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family's Past"

Sun Mee Chomet and Samuel Norich in  "Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family's Past"
Noemi Schory and Emily Goldberg in "A Lens on History: An Afternoon with Noemi Schory"

Susan Stein in "Conversations with Etty"

David Sherman and Leslie Morris in "Photo Sensitive: Reflecting on Transfer of Memory"

Just Added: Rimon's 2014 Summer Newsletter Click here to read about all the exciting things happening in the Twin Cities arts community and the ways Rimon is making an impact.  


Rimon's  Monthly e-Guide A publication that highlights events and opportunities in the local Jewish arts community, click here for the August 2014 edition.

If you would like to subscribe to the Rimon Monthly E-Guide, click here.


Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council Advisory Board & Staff 2014

Janet Kampf, Chair
Maury Landsman, Vice Chair
Jonathan Gross, Secretary/Treasurer

Board Members
Robyn Awend
Judy Brier
Barbara Camm
Joel Carter
Shana Cohen-Gee
Sandra Felemovicius
Mimi Fisher
Judy Gaviser
Debra Fisher Goldstein
Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin
Darla Kashian
Elisa Korentayer
Andrea Lubov
Lynda Monick-Isenberg
Kӓren Nemer
Paula Pergament
Lisa Pogoff
Jason Rose
Leighton Siegel
Peter Sussman
Katherine Tane
Rabbi Aaron Weininger

Honorary Board Members
Penny Galinson
Rani Halpern
Bonnie Heller
Judith Brin Ingber
Jay Isenberg
Evan Maurer
Reva Rosenbloom
RuthAnn Weiss  z’’l

David Jordan Harris, Executive Director
Siri Maitra, Administrative Assistant