The Sabes Jewish Community Center (Sabes JCC) is excited to announce the Jewish Artists’ Laboratory, aimed to address the need to broaden the impact of the Jewish arts locally and regionally for artists of all disciplines.
An informational session about the Artists Laboratory will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Sabes Jewish Community Center in the Jay and Rose Phillips Building, Barry Family Campus, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416.
Applications are due by November 12. Notification of acceptance will be on November 23. Sessions will begin in mid-December. Applications can be found on the Sabes JCC website at www.sabesjcc.org.
Made possible through a generous grant from The Covenant Foundation, The Sabes Jewish Community Center, Minneapolis, along with The Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee, and University of Wisconsin Hillel, Madison, Wisconsin have collaborated to create this unique artistic initiative.
“The arts can serve as a common denominator for all Jews regardless of their level of observance, belief or cultural awareness,” said Robyn Awend, Director of Visual Arts for the Sabes JCC. “Plus, our current economic climate makes it even more important for organizations like the Sabes JCC to form partnerships to make these innovative and exciting programs possible.”
This initiative seeks to enrich artists who are drawn to art as an expression of their Jewish identity and to broaden artistic involvement and access in the greater community through two Artists Laboratory experiences.
Artists will combine the study of traditional and non-traditional Jewish texts with their own creation of artwork.
Emerging artists will participate in an Artists-in-Residence Program which will interact with both the Laboratory and with the Jewish community at large.
The theme of the Artists’ Laboratory will be Text/Context/Subtext. Together artists will explore how this theme is; expressed in traditional Jewish texts, the Jewish experience, the arts, values, and the Jewish collective. Together we will explore how the theme of Text/Context/Subtext is relevant to Jews and non-Jews, to religious and non-religious, to the community and to the individual, to the artist and the non-artist. The concluding exhibit and performance will present some of the answers to these questions from participating artists.
The Laboratory will meet twice monthly at the Sabes JCC. Each two hour session will engage the artists in an exploration of the Jewish experience, and as a forum for their own work.
Hour I is text study (text in the broadest sense many include art, cinema, fiction, poetry, and music as well as traditional Jewish texts)
Hour II is a presentation and discussion of each other’s work including studio visits and field trips.
Regular sessions will begin in December 2012 and will run through July 2013.
Facilitators include Rabbi Alexander Davis, senior Rabbi of Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, MN. He is passionate about learning and teaching Torah and lives to share the beauty, wisdom and meaning of Jewish life with others.
Meryll Page, teacher and writer. She has taught history and Jewish studies for 39 years and is currently shepherding a non-fiction work she and her sister have written through its publication.
Robyn Awend, Director of Visual Arts, Sabes Jewish Community Center. She is a practicing artist who uses her Jewish identity as a focal point of her work Robyn is a founding member of Form+Content Gallery in downtown, Minneapolis.
Guest facilitators and artists will be presenting throughout the program.
The Artists’ Laboratory seeks artists across the broadest spectrum including visual, performance, music, literary, puppetry, dance, spoken-word, multi-media, comedy, etc. The program will culminate with an exhibit and performance of the artists’ work. Space is limited up to 20 participants.
The program includes artists’ residencies for emerging artists in any medium. The Residency program will provide a $1,000 stipend for two artists who will participate in the Artists’ Laboratory and who will contribute, through their art, to the Minneapolis Jewish Community.
For more information, please contact Robyn Awend: [email protected] or call 952-381-3416.
The Sabes Jewish Community Center is a multifaceted organization offering educational, social, cultural, recreational, and fitness to the entire community. Program and service areas include early childhood center, health & fitness, recreation, Jewish arts and humanities, senior services, afterschool programs, day camp, special events and more.