Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: Laurie M. Tisch Gallery
The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (JCC) offers programs designed to engage and inspire, providing individuals of all ages and abilities, and at all stages of life, with multiple pathways for exploring educational, cultural, political, artistic, and social facets of Jewish life in the 21st century. At the heart of the JCC’s initiatives to connect the community to arts and culture is The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas, whose innovative approach to programming results in performances, educational series, lectures and panels, films, and cultural events that celebrate and reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the Jewish community. The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at the JCC serves as the visual showcase of JCC’s arts and cultural programming, providing visitors with year-round access to innovative, interactive, and thought-provoking art that generates conversation about its themes and content.
Purpose: To support exhibits and related programs in the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at the JCC.
The Gallery provides a home for emerging and established artists whose work offers unique and varied perspectives on the most important and relevant issues faced by their community. Reflecting on the themes and values of 21st century Jewish life, the Gallery builds and strengthens communal bonds, and brings art into the everyday lives of their community. The Gallery also anchors educational art programming that is designed to reach specific members of the community. Programs include Family Art Day, which introduces children, and their families, to visual art using age and developmentally appropriate curricula that meet their needs. Gallery Goings, held in partnership with the JCC’s Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs, offers young adults in their 20s and 30s with autism spectrum disorder the opportunity to socialize with peers while deepening their knowledge of visual art.
The Gallery has proven to be an impactful space for both emerging and established local artists, as well as a home for Israeli exhibits and artists, where audiences are challenged and delighted, deepening their understanding of Jewish culture and community. Offering four exhibits each season, accompanied by related tours, Family Art Days, interdisciplinary programs and educational events, the Tisch Gallery helps further the JCCs mission of bringing the arts into the everyday lives of the community.