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Rimon: Opportunities & more

From the monthly Rimon e-guide:

1. The Next Step Fund for individual artists, through generous support from The McKnight Foundation, provides project grants up to $5,000 to professional artists in any discipline for the purpose of career development and artistic achievement. The FY 2016 Next Step Fund deadline is Monday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants may be at any stage of their career, but must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community contribution. Because of the volume of applications to this program, past recipients of a Next Step Fund grant are not eligible to apply to the FY 2016 Next Step Fund grant program. Full guidelines are posted on the Next Step Fund program page. FFI: http://www.mrac.org/grants/next-step-fund

2. Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is accepting artists’ submissions for its upcoming spring/summer 2016 Showcase exhibition, “Represent.” Deadline for proposals is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. Artists and artist groups are invited to submit proposals for window Showcase displays that interpret the word, “Represent.” Artist interpretations of what the theme means to them are open to their creativity. Click here for more information and to submit proposals. FFI: Joan.Vorderbruggen@HennepinTheatreTrust.org

3. The Yiddish Book Center offers an online course entitled, The Rise and Fall of Ladino-Speaking Jews, beginning March 21 and ending April 15. Join Professor Devin E. Naar, chair of the Sephardic Studies Program at the University of Washington, as he traces the history of Sephardim – from the expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the establishment of Jewish communities in the Ottoman Empire, and from the devastation wrought by the Holocaust to the experiences of Ladino-speaking Jews in the United States as they encountered Ashkenazi communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about and engage with a critical piece of Jewish history and culture. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, March 9. FFI: info@yiddishbookcenter.org

4. Rabbi Cathy Nemiroff teaches Jewish Art as Midrash – a 5-session series that focuses on how art in the Jewish tradition is frequently a form of midrash (commentary on a text). Most prominent is the tradition of beautifully illuminated Haggadot, telling the story of the Biblical Exodus, which will be explored in depth. The class will culminate in the creation of personal midrashic art projects reflecting the theme of freedom from oppression, rooted in the retelling of the Exodus story. The project may employ any media such as collage, painting, cell-phone camera photography, or others of your choice. No artistic experience is necessary. Basic materials will be supplied (scissors, glue, paper), but participants need to bring elements for specific media they work within. The course takes place at 7 p.m. on Mondays from March 14 to April 11. Register by Wednesday, March 9, either online or by calling the St. Paul JCC at 651-698-0751. FFI: tagranoff@stpauljcc.org

5. Rimon is now accepting 2016 Project Support Grant proposals for its autumn round of funding of arts-related projects. Grants will provide limited financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project’s budget. In addition to financial support, Rimon may provide accepted proposals with assistance by facilitating a community planning process and assistance in the project’s implementation; helping to secure funding and developing collaborative partners for the project; providing marketing and outreach assistance to Jewish community institutions, arts organizations, artists and audiences; and conducting research and planning to connect both artists and art presenters with the Jewish community. For a project to be considered, it must meet Rimon’s mission and its goals of promoting and enhancing Jewish identity through arts and culture, by supporting arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes, and assisting the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 25 at 5 p.m. (not a postmark deadline). FFI: rimon@sabesjcc.org.

6. The Yiddish Book Center invites rising high school juniors and seniors to join The Great Jewish Books Summer Program, in which students read selections from important works of modern Jewish literature and consider how they speak to the opportunities and challenges we face today. Under the guidance of college professors, students consider how the rich legacy of modern Jewish literature can inform us in the twenty-first century. Every admitted participant receives a scholarship for the full cost of tuition, room, board, books, and special events. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, Jewish affiliations, and experiences. The program welcomes people with multiple heritages, people of color, LGBTQ participants, and non-Jewish participants – anyone who has an interest in Jewish literature and culture is welcome to apply. Session 1 takes place July 24 to 29, 2016; session 2 takes place July 31 to August 7, 2016. The program takes place at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 1, and must include academic transcripts as well as two recommendations. FFI: greatjewishbooks@yiddishbookcenter.org

7. Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo) international small art phenomenon returns for its 9th year! It’s almost 2016 and that means 6x6x2016 is just around the corner. Start the new year off the right way by creating your 6×6 artworks early! Each artwork must be 6×6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6×6 board, signed only on the back, and will be exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted and exhibited in the gallery and online. All artworks will also be offered for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artwork entries due Sunday, April 17 (this is a postmark deadline). FFI: info@rochestercontemporary.org

8. Looking for a summer filled with fun in the sun? Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Camp Olami at the Sabes JCC is looking for qualified young men and women to serve as staff for the summer. Positions available include Program Director (age 21 and up), Junior Counselor (ages 16-18), Special Needs Advocate (age 18 and up), Senior Counselor (age 19 and up) and Specialist (age 20 and up) in Arts & Crafts, Drama, Judaism, Sports & Games, Music, and Gardening. Staff must be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from June 13 to August 12 with some late nights and overnights required depending on assignment. Applicants should have previous experience working with children. Click here for application. FFI: summer@sabesjcc.org or 952.381.3421

9. Do you know someone with a passion for the arts and Jewish culture? Someone who is eager to translate that passion into a career? If so, consider enrolling in George Washington University’s new Master’s in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts program, a unique degree program that brings together faculty from Museum Education and Judaic Studies to train the next generation of professionals in the growing field of Jewish arts and culture. Qualified applicants may also receive up to 85 percent tuition support with a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation. FFI: eejca@gwu.edu or 202-994-6281

10. Masa Israel Journey connects Jewish young adults to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs. Some Masa Israel programs of note include the Rimon Music Experience, WUJS Israel Arts-Tel Aviv and Dance Jerusalem. Through these immersive experiences, lasting between five and twelve months, participants develop a deep, personal connection to Israel and Jewish life. FFI: masainfo@masaisrael.org

11. Springboard for the Arts’ Emergency Relief Fund exists to help cover unexpected emergency expenses due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening events. Artists who can demonstrate an artistic history and need, may access up to $500 to meet or defray such expenses. Payment is made directly to the creditor, not to the artist. FFI: 651-379-0871

12. The St. Paul JCC hosts a weekly class of Israeli folk dancing taught by master teacher Shira Schwartz. The class is open to both novice and expert every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. FFI: 651-255-4736

13. For those with little to no prior art experience but who wish to learn or perfect their techniques, join the Sabes JCC ongoing art class “Let’s Paint, Draw and Have Fun,” led by instructor Lou Kotlarz. The class meets every Monday at 10 a.m. FFI: info@sabesjcc.org