What makes my community art and teaching projects stand out is the emphasis on learning and engaging the community. For school, student and congregant projects, a beautiful piece of art is created by a group only after research, discussions and writings on the topic occur. These pieces are also designed to be used in the future for learning purposes. Because I often work with groups and the pieces are on public display, the art serves to build community.
Community art and teaching projects include:1) designing two exhibits for Shalom Street which approximately 10,000 people view per year.2) JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest. Art consultant3) Artist in Residence at AISH Sunday School,4) teaching ” Moreh Moreim” Day of Learning for Detroit Jewish Federation.5) designing communal spaces within two schools. 6) drawing portraits of residents at both Fleishman and Meer Residence to raise money for the local Jewish Senior Life Program, 7) co-designing stained glass windows, Young Israel of Oak Park, 8) designing and co-creating the ark and podium, Congregation Shir Tikvah, 9) committee member and co-designing numerous sets for the ” Israel @ 60” event at the Michigan State Fairgrounds through the Jewish Federation, 10) lecturing about “Hiddur Mitzvah: Creating Jewish Art”, Young Israel of Southfield, 11) designing and supervising the creation of two large glass mosaic recycling bins with students at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 12) designing and directing the creation of a mosaic at B’nai Moshe Synagogue, with congregants, 13) Creating sets for Jewish Federation Penny Harvest and Tzedakah Experience, 14) Jewish art consultant, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 15) directing the creation of a large painting with pockets sewn into it for the community to place notes intended for the Western Wall in Jerusalem and 16) creating a ceramics program, Akiva Hebrew Day School.
From 2003-2010 I created nine community art projects through the “Artists in the Schools Program” run by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, funded by the Deroy Testamentary Foundation. Projects were designed to fit the Jewish curriculum and enhance the learning process in each school setting. Projects included; 1) a 6’x50′ glass mosaic of the Hebrew alphabet created by both high school and preschool students, 2) a 4’x12’ ceiling painting in celebration of 350 years of Jewish life in America, 3) an 8’x4’ stone and glass mosaic of Jerusalem, 4) a 12’x 5’ glass mosaic of the Second Temple, 5) glass mosaic serving trays reflecting students’ feelings of positive Jewish identity and connection to family, 6) In celebration of Israel’s 60th year, I designed and directed the creation of this 3.5’ x 8’ multimedia project using plaster, glass and stone mosaic, 7) a 6.5’ x 8’ multimedia interactive map of Israel, 8) an interactive ‘movie box’ featuring the history of the synagogue and 9) a large tzedakah box (3’ x 3’ x 8’)intended to collect clothing, food and other items for the needy.