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.

Rimon News

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.

Robyn Awend Named as New Executive Director of Rimon

“Following a months-long national search, Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council has announced Robyn Awend will serve as its new Executive Director, to start on August 8, 2022. She succeeds founding director David Jordan Harris, as he retires after 18 years at the helm of the innovative and influential Jewish arts nonprofit.

Awend joins Rimon with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit arts and community development, most recently as the Twin Cities Cultural Arts Director for the newly combined Minnesota Jewish Community Center. She was instrumental in making Rimon the successful organization it is today through her many years of service on its Advisory Board.”

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A Message From David Jordan Harris

It is with deep gratitude, appreciation, and fondness that we inform you that David Jordan Harris, our dynamic Executive Director for 18 years, and one of the founders of Rimon, has announced his retirement.  David has been a mentor, innovator, and friend to those in the arts community and particularly those Jewish artists and artists with Jewish interests in Minnesota. He has built a nationally acclaimed organization that has the respect and admiration of artists and art lovers throughout our state and the country.

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Stand Up and Be Counted

In 1999 Rimon published a hard-copy 91-page Minnesota Jewish Arts Directory. It featured profiles of hundreds of Minnesota-based Jewish artists and proved to be a game-changer in how the community understood the depth and talent of the regional Jewish arts scene.

The present moment requires a different tool – a free, online, searchable, interactive database that is easily updated but also maintained for a high standard of consistency and excellence. Thanks to a seed grant from the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and a full-time summer intern from the University of Chicago, Rimon has begun putting this dream into place – just in time for our 25th anniversary year.

If you’re a Minnesota Jewish artist in any artistic discipline, expect to hear from the Rimon office in 2020. If you believe that you or someone you know are not in Rimon’s contact list (you don’t receive e-mails from Rimon), let us know who you are at rimon@bfcampus.org

Artists are essential workers in Minnesota Jewish culture. A comprehensive artist directory will raise the profile of our remarkable community of writers, playwrights, choreographers, composers, actors, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, architects, visual artists, photographers, and other arts workers.


Rimon's Summer Arts Mentorship Flourish

Teen and adult artists were busy this summer deeply engaged in Rimon’s Summer Arts Mentorships. Mannenberg comments, “We explore different perspectives and artistic practices. Themes of identity, community, connection, and how to create an impact with our artistic work – we explore it all in our meetings.”

Mentors Debra Fisher Goldstein, Avigail Manneberg and Alison Morse created in-depth learning opportunities for eight dedicated individuals—Robyn Awend, Liam Campbell,  Hannah Goldsmith, Mir Graham, Dalia Ross, David Rothman, Riv Shapiro, and Denise Tennen.

Mentorships will culminate in a special zoom presentation on Sunday, October 2nd at 2 pm.

Summer Arts Mentorship Video

Calling All Minnesota Teen Jewish Writers and Photographers

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.  All submissions must be submitted using the online forms provided at www.kerenorcontest.org.

Call to artists will be sent out in November 2022.

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, and an awards ceremony honoring all the participants will take place as well.

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.

Sholom Writers' Workshop

Creativity is thriving at Sholom. Rimon was delighted to bring writing instruction for the fourth year to the Sholom campuses. The Knollwood Writers’ circle and residents at St. Paul’s Bentson Family Assisted Living Residence picked up their pens and tapped on their keyboards with flair and heart.

Under the tutelage of accomplished teachers Alison Morse and Judy Brier, the groups explored the pleasures of memoir writing, learning new writing techniques, and honing their craft along the way. As always, friendships were deepened and new friends were made as the writers listened to each other’s stories.  Many thanks to the Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation for its generous support.

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Young Artist Mentorship Program Soars

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.

Music to Our Ears: Hazamir, the Jewish teen choir

Rimon named 1 of 50 Innovative Nonprofit Jewish Organizations - FIVE YEARS IN A ROW

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.

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Slingshot 2016

Rimon partners with Yachad students

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.

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