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.
Keren Or (Ray of Light) announces its 16th annual creative arts contest for Jewish youth. Minnesota Jewish students in grades 7-12 are invited to submit original poetry, creative prose, and photographs. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 14, 2020, 5 p.m. All submissions must be submitted using the online forms provided at www.kerenorcontest.org.
Prizes in each category are awarded to two separate groups: students in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. The prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second and third places, and $36 for Honorable Mention.
Winning entries will be published at the Keren Or website and in a special supplement to The American Jewish World. They will also be included in an exhibit of Keren Or’s winning submissions at the Sabes JCC in spring of 2020. An awards ceremony honoring all the participants will take place on Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m., at the Sabes JCC (4330 South Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis).
Keren Or was founded in 2004 by Jerry and Eileen Siegel (z’’l) to honor the memory of their daughter, Karen Siegel-Jacobs. Siegel-Jacobs grew up in Minneapolis and attended the Minneapolis Talmud Torah. She was an active member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation and USY and as a teenager wrote poems and short stories.
Keren Or is managed by Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council (an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation) and is funded by the Karen Siegel-Jacobs Fund at the Adath Jeshurun Foundation.
For additional information and contest rules, visit www.kerenorcontest.org or call 952-381-3449.
Rimon’s commitment to teen arts education grows deeper each year. Following a successful launch in 2018 of the Young Artist Mentorship program, Rimon doubled the number of students selected to participate in the summer of 2019.
Visual artists Jonah Schmieg and Isa Kaner-Roth, photographers Dvorah Leah Kvasnik and Ruby Stillman, and writers Max Walker and Nora Cornell worked one-on-one between June and September with local artist-educators Avigail Manneberg, Linda Brooks, and Alison Morse.
Avigail Manneberg, a graduate of Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, is an accomplished artist and teacher whose own work includes painting, drawing, video, sound, and fabric. Linda Brooks has exhibited her photographs internationally and taught at St. Paul Academy and Summit School for 27 years. Alison Morse’s award-winning fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction have appeared in numerous national literary journals, magazines, and anthologies.
An informal dialogue and exhibit of the students’ work took place on September 22 (2 pm) at the Sabes JCC. Many thanks to Kris and John MacDonald who have funded this exciting program from its inception.
Rimon has been named one of North America’s top 50 innovative nonprofit Jewish organizations in the eleventh annual Slingshot Guide. For FIVE consecutive years Rimon has been recognized by Slingshot and the only Minnesota nonprofit to receive the honor in 2016. Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 93 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide called Rimon, “a model of how to bring both Jewish artists and their art into… the center of Jewish community life through high-impact collaborations, education, arts advocacy, and creative alliances that build community in lasting ways.” Organizations selected in this year’s Guide were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results.
Rimon recently partnered with teens from Yachad MN to produce unique work inspired by stories, music and discussion with Vietnamese musician and artist, Hoang thi Kim Chi, and instructor, David Feinberg.
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