Shavuot, the time of the year that Jewish people celebrate receiving the Torah, is a perfect time to give you an update on the installation I’m currently creating, Art for Prayer and Peace: A Bridge to Oneness. You may remember, about a year ago, we had our first Oneness Project Exhibit and Program. The event was a dream come true for me, although I wish more of you could have been there. I think the most successful part of the event, was that it gave proof of concept– that the ideas in the project are affective and can work, as long as people are there to experience them.
With the help of philanthropy specialist Claire Axelrad and feedback I received from the Oneness Event, in December 2017, program assistant Julie Lewis and I sent out a letter asking for your help to fund the next pieces of art in the exhibit. I received 15 donations — over $5,500. Thank you! With this money and some previous donations, we are almost half way to funding the next “shin” torah crowns– in Hebrew:
These Torah Finials will stand over 8″ tall and be made out of fine silver and 23K gold leaf. There will also be a fully functional copper mock-up that will be created first. If you would like to become a sponsor of this next piece, please go to my donation page to give online. Some donors have opted to give cash, or go through PayPal to avoid any fees. Please let me know if you would like to help!
While we raise the needed funds to make the next pieces, I am working with graphic designer Grace Shan Lee and Curation/Exhibit Designer/ Architect Carol Reif on editing the current Oneness Proposal so that it can be shown in a variety of spaces, and in different combinations, depending on the space. I am tremendously grateful to both of them for their dedication to this project and their help in getting the word “out there” about it’s purpose and message.
Clearly, the more pieces that are completed, the more likely it is that the work will be able to be shown. Showing the work along with programming will help create more religious understanding in the world– which is most desperately needed right now. Won’t you continue to support the project? Please let me know if there are ways that you can become a contributor.
With Love and Gratitude,