Rimon Grants

    Posted: 2010-10-13 17:21:59

    One regional organization is helping to promote the development of Jewish arts with a simple infusion of cash. Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation,is making a difference with awards of $3,000 to artists, the Jewish community and non-Jewish arts institutions.

    Established in 2003, the Rimon Arts Fund promotes and enhances Jewish identity through arts and culture, supports artists exploring Jewish themes, and assists the Jewish community and its institutions in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. Proposals are reviewed in the spring and fall.

    Rimon offers financial, marketing, or administrative assistance on a semi-annual basis to projects that bring together Judaism and the arts. Three innovative projects, representing film, theater, photography, and creative writing, are the current recipients:

    Keren Or (Ray of Light), a creative arts forum for Jewish teens in grades 7-12, invites Jewish students throughout Minnesota to submit original poetry, essays, short stories, creative non-fiction and photography for review by a panel of arts professionals. The American Jewish World newspaper publishes the three most outstanding examples in each of the fields of poetry, prose, and photography. Rimons grant monies partially underwrites Keren Ors cash prizes for the winning submissions.

    The Illusion Theaters new holiday production, Festival of Lights, debuted December 2006. This insightful and humorous play examines the Jewish experience of Hanukkah in a predominantly non-Jewish world. Rimon funds provided commissions for Jewish writers and composers, part of a team of more than a dozen local artists.

    Video-filmmaker Olive Bieringa has researched and shoot footage for a documentary about her grandmother, Annaelise Fraenkel, the daughter of a Jewish mother and Aryan father who grew up in Berlin in the 1920s and 30s. With financial support from Rimon, Bieringas research will take her to New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany.
    Rimon grants are not to exceed 50 percent of a project\'s budget. Out of state artists must collaborate with a Minnesota artist or institution and realize the project in Minnesota. More information and applications are available here.

Featured Artists

  • Trio C tot de derde
  • The Dutch music group Trio C tot de derde consists of the three young musicians Carel den Hertog (violin), Coos Lettink (accordeon) and Caspar Terra (clarinet). The music they play is inspired by klezmer, music from the Balkans and gypsy-music. They create their own unique sound, performing traditional melodies in a particular and often unexpected way. Since the boy’s enjoy improvisation so much, no musical piece ever sounds twice the same. While improvising, the members of Trio C tot de derde are playfully challenging each other to virtuosity and lyrical sounds. The music they play expresses euphoric happiness, as well as intense sadness, which means music for dancing, but also for dreaming.

  • Rami Kleinstein
  • Rami Kleinstein is known as one of Israel's greatest composers. Rami Kleinstein has often been compared to Elton John and Billy Joel. In 2005 Rami released his latest album, “Harbe Panim” (Many Faces), receiving great reviews and many of its songs penetrated the top of the charts in Israel. In 1997, Rami produced his sixth album entitled "Kol ma She Tirtzi” (Everything You Want) which reached triple platinum after only ten days. This success was no surprise as Rami had already been elected Israeli Radio and Television's "Singer of the Year" in 1995 after his "Tapuchim U’ Tmarim” (Apples and Dates) album reached triple platinum. Rami is also known for composing and arranging music for other singers. ..

show all »

Featured Presenters


show all »

The International Jewish Presenters Association is an integrated international Jewish arts network that fosters the growth of Jewish culture by connecting presenters of culture with the creators, distributors and agents of music, film and other creative mediums of Jewish expression. Read More »

Trio C tot de derde