Write to Rest

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What is “Write to Rest” about? Often translated as “sabbatical year,” shmita (שמיטה‎) literally means release. Like the sabbath, the 7th day of rest within the week, shmita is the 7th year of rest in the calendar cycle as designated in the Torah. During a shmita year (in original form), land was to be left […]

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New Documentary Shines Light On Disability Rights Advocacy

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When Allison Norlian was a little girl, she didn’t realize that her family was different. With a loving mom and a great big sister, Norlian felt lucky and surrounded by love. While that’s still true, as an adult she knows that the world doesn’t necessarily see her family the way she does. The rude awakening […]

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Interfaith Prayer Wall Visually Unites Artists

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Apiece of art can evoke an array of emotions and a variety of interpretations from different people, but one thing is clear: art appeals to nearly everyone, uniting people of various cultures and religions. This common thread was the artistic force behind a current virtual exhibit called Visual Prayer. Parts of the exhibit feature the […]

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JFCS Hosts Virtual Screening Of ‘Living Art’ For JDAIM

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When Mara Clawson was an 11-year-old summer camper at their neighborhood JCC, the family went to an end-of-session art show that Mara had a piece of work in.  “You looked at the picture,” Mara said to her mother, Michelle, “and thought whoever made this, they’re very lucky. My counselor came to them and said ‘Are […]

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Jon Savitt Has ‘Inspirational(ish) Messages’ For You

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During the past 10 months, being an artist has been challenging. But that hasn’t stopped Jon Savitt from trying to keep creating. The Minnesota native (and sort of Minnesota resident again), wrote his first book, Read This When You’re Sad: Inspirational(ish) Messages, which is available now as an e-book. The book was originally was going […]

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Why Lucy Rose Fischer Memorializes Her Brother In Her Latest Book

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Lucy Rose Fischer had been sitting on the idea for her latest book, The Journalist: Life and Loss in America’s Secret War, for more than 30 years. But it wasn’t until this year – the 65th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, that she published the memoir she co-wrote with her brother, Jerry […]

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How Rachel Breen’s Art & Social Justice Collide

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For Rachel Breen, her art is rooted in many things. Her Judaism and Tikkun Olam. Social justice. And her sewing machine. Breen’s most recent installation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, “The Labor We Wear,” is an ode to a pair of notable disasters that happened within the garment industry a century apart: The Triangle […]

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Who The Folk?! Candida Gonzalez

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This week I talk with artist and art consultant Candida Gonzalez. We talk about the importance of art in the coronavirus era, the intersectionality of being a queer, Russian/Puerto Rican Jew, and paying reparations, on this week’s who the folk Podcast. Please subscribe to the Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and more, and […]

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