The Japanese – Shin Torah crowns are finished! I will send you a good photo after the photo shoot. There has been a lot of progress on this project. I have purchased a non-kosher torah (which was scribed in the 1880’s and is a bit worn in areas. It is here in my office). I have commissioned a cloth mantle for it. I will be commissioning a cabinet so the entire torah with crowns and mantle can be displayed upright.
In September, I submitted an application for the De Young Residency for 2017. I’ll hear back from them in the beginning of December, and let you know either way. I’ve also been in contact with Grace Cathedral for a potential future residency. (If their theme for the year is ‘interfaith’ parts of the ‘Art for Prayer and Peace’ installation and related programs will be deeply considered.)
Donations are coming in— I raised $6K last month. I have a meeting the first week of December with a couple who are interested in becoming major donors, now that the project has fiscal sponsorship. I will bring a full financial projection to that meeting and let you know how it goes. If you would like to continue to support the project, you can do so here: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=12287. All donations are now tax deductible.
I put a down payment on a gorgeous 6.5’ hand carved wooden Amida Buddha for the Comparative Amida exhibit. It’s in Bali— and will be delivered when we need it.
In the meantime, here’s how the crowns look, all packed and ready for today’s shoot.
Thank you again to everybody for all of your support. Your belief in me is more wonderful than I can imagine, and I promise to make all your support worthwhile.
With Much Love,