to the Jewish Artists' Laboratory, an arts initiative through the Sabes Jewish Community Center (Sabes JCC).
For the third year of the Artists' Lab we are actually two labs. As interest in the lab continues to grow we are trying a new approach. Lab 2.0 is composed of those artists who have participated for two years in the lab while Lab 1.0 includes those who are new to the Lab or have participated for one year. The lab explores specific themes through study and art making, bringing together a diverse group of artists who have an interest in the relationship between Jewish thought and creativity.
This website is the creative initiative of Artists’ Laboratory participant, Susan Weinberg. During 2013-14 I served as the Resident Writer of the Laboratory, documenting each session through our blog. I shared the rich material that our facilitators introduced that triggered much discussion and ultimately our creative efforts. I invite you to share in our journey by referencing our blog.
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 Jewish Artists' Laboratory will begin its third year in October 2014, using the theme of water as inspiration.
Rabbi Alexander Davis is the 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 is a teacher and writer. She has taught history and Jewish studies for 39 years. Upon retiring from teaching Meryll has entered the age of “yes, I can do that!” In addition to co-facilitating the Artists' Lab, she also writes a weekly column for the synagogue newsletter connecting food and the weekly Torah portion In addition, she is a consultant to the Minnesota Humanities Center as they launch a feasibility study about setting up a Humanities Institute for Minnesota teachers.
She and her sister have completed a non-fiction work, Jewish Luck, which is now available in print.
Robyn Awend is the Director of Visual Arts at the Sabes Jewish Community Center. She is a practicing artist who uses her Jewish identity as a focal point of her work, and is a founding member of Form+Content Gallery in downtown, Minneapolis.
Liba Zweigbaum Herman, our 2014/15 Arts Facilitator, brings genuine heart, passion and individuality to her connection with people and creativity. She holds a BS in Experiential Education from the University of MN and a secondary teaching degree in Art Education from the College of St. Catherine. Liba is the owner of studio INSIDE OUT Painting Studio located in St. Louis Park and has worked with many local arts organizations.
Yoni Reinharz, this year's Artist in Residence, is a musician, vocalist, poet, freelance journalist, and all-around artist advocate. He was born in 1978 in St. Louis Park, and has lived in Minneapolis for over 10 years. Writing and performing original music since 1995, he’s had the good fortune of being reared in the progressive music and art community in the Twin Cities.
A Place Where Art and Culture Intersects
Read more in St. Louis Park magazine about the Minneapolis Artists' Lab and the way it brings art and culture together. And view the photos from our 2014 closing event.
The Artists' Lab: Finding Judaism through Art
Read more about our facilitators Avi and Anat and the work that they have created for the 2014 Artists' Lab Exhibition.
Artists' Labs become an Active Part of Jewish Communities
Hadassah Magazine takes a look at the burgeoning movement of Jewish Arts Salons.
A Midwest Movement Creates and Elevates Jewish Art
The first Jewish Artists Lab began in Milwaukee and was so successful that additional labs were funded by the Covenant Foundation in Madison and Minneapolis.
A Culmination of a Year of Exploration
In 2013, the Lab did its first exhibition on the theme of Text-Context-Subtext, exploring a range of topics through a multitude of mediums.
And another review by the American Jewish World.
Susan Armington and Sylvia Horwitz recently exhibited their work together at the Robbin Gallery in Robinsdale. If you missed the show, you can still catch the video in which they talk of how their work complements each other's.
Learn more about Diane Pecoraro's work as community poet in St. Louis Park. She is aptly described as down to earth and relatable and works to make poetry accessible.
You may remember the intriguing piece in the 2014 Artists' Lab exhibition by Allison Morse and fellow artist Rachel Breen. They are expanding the project "The Price Of Our Clothes," which makes connections between the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh and the 1911 NYC Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. In February, they will be going to Bangladesh to do research. We can follow their blog which chronicles their travels and collaborative process.
Congratulations to Keren Kroul, grant recipient of a 2015 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. You can learn more about Keren's work at Local Artist Interviews.
Carolyn Light Bell has had three short stories accepted by three different publications. Stories from Old Pines, forthcoming in Cottonwood Review, a print literary magazine, is a small collection of vignettes of amusing and eccentric people in rural Wisconsin.
Hansel and Gretel, accepted to an online journal, Stickman Review, is about a woman who is seduced by her old addictions as embodied in a neighborhood character.
Stuff, accepted in Penman Review, another online journal, is about a woman who is trying to fill the empty spaces in her life, surrounding herself with objects.
The Female Gaze
examines how lab artist Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin developed her approach to photography. For more of Ann's work.
Sister Authors of Jewish Luck
Meryll Page, has launched her new book with great response. Read more about the fascinating story behind it.
Site designed by Susan Weinberg
©Minneapolis Jewish Artists' Laboratory 2013
©Minneapolis Jewish Artists' Laboratory 2013