Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council

Rimon (ri-MṐN) 1. Hebrew for pomegranate 2. Ancient symbol of fruitfulness and abundant good deeds 3. The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council founded in 1995.

Artist Salons

Salon Season 2019-2020

Listen to the Voices: Immigrant Stories – Event postponed, new date to be announced

How does an artist respond to the surge of anti-immigrant sentiment? Rimon’s next Artist Salon, Listen to the Voices: Immigrant Stories, on April 22 (7 pm) features composers Sergio Barer and Adam Wernick in conversation on the power of music to lift up marginalized voices and to build bridges of understanding.

Join us as at St. Paul’s East Side Freedom Library (1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul), featuring Mexican Jewish composer Sergio Barer in dialogue with composer/moderator Adam Wernick. Sergio Barer is a 2019-20 McKnight Fellow in music composition. He was commissioned to create a suite of chorale pieces inspired by his interviews with more than two dozen immigrants whom he met in the Twin Cities. The Salon will feature live performances of vocal quartets of Barer performed by Cantors Audrey Abrams (Beth El), Joanna Dulkin (Adath Jeshurun), Richard Schwartz (Bet Shalom), and Rimon’s Executive Director David Jordan Harris.

RSVP by phone: 952-381-3449 or Email.

2019-2020 Artist Salons:

I Sing for Bathsheba: Looking for God in Drag
Max Brumberg-Kraus, Noam Sienna
Sun., Nov. 24, 2019–2 PM @ Studio Z, St. Paul

I Sing for Bathsheba: Looking for God in Drag Highlights Video and Photos

Handed Down
Robyn Awend, Beth Barron, Rachel Breen
Sun., Feb, 16, 2020–2 PM @ Textile Center, Minneapolis

Handed Down Highlights Video and Photos

Listen to the Voices: Immigrant Stories
Sergio Barer, Adam Wernick
Event postponed, new date to be announced

A Century of The Dybbuk: 1920/2020
Eddie Estrin, Jenna Zark, Mark Meister
Event postponed, new date to be announced



Watch highlight videos from the 2018-19 salon season

To the adventuring artist and art lover, Respons-a! was a performance “experiment” like none other. One curator/ two married couples / four artists: Katya Oicherman, Boris Oicherman, Pedram Baldari, and Nooshin Hakim Javadi, sat in the round and sought out the questions each of us cares about in our professional and private personae. With Palestinian olives, wine, and question-cards it was a journey of exploration and process.
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In the creative and cozy paper studio, Aaron Silver spoke about getting in the “zen” zone and working extremely slowly and carefully. Moderator Freya Richman encouraged Aaron to explain his precise process using layers in PhotoShop, and guests were delighted to see stop-motion videos and close-up clips of him wielding the knife’s edge. The Salon concluded with the presentation of Aaron’s commissioned #papercut piece. He was given free artistic reign with the encouraged inspiration of #SocialJustice. He took a #Yiddish #prayer from Rosh Hashana asking to liberate all imprisoned. The SOLD OUT Cutting Out Injustice: Revolution in Jewish Papercuts Salon was a great success.
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On a frigid Sunday afternoon in January, at the sunny Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, Eli Libson, video game designer, cartoonist, and illustrator and artist Marty Harris joined in conversation about the rich history of Jewish illustrators and the use of guile as part of the cultural outsider’s toolkit at High-Brow/Low-Brow: An Illustrator Looks Askance at Art. Who gets to decide what is art?
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The Trail Forward, a work-in-progress by composer and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Gutkin, tells the story of growing up with 85 lefty, Jewish, outdoor-loving, garment worker grandparents. Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg joined Lisa in conversation about making change through collective action and the power of music to ignite it.
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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council
Sabes Jewish Community Center
Jay and Rose Phillips Building
The Barry Family Campus
4330 South Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

Phone: 952-381-3449
Email: rimon@sabesjcc.org

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