The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery in the atrium of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan is a free public art space with rotating exhibits that weave together community building, societal issues and Jewish culture. Exhibits range from solo artist shows, to displays of historical multi-media exhibits, to collaborations around a theme. All are curated to accommodate a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
Funding from the Illumination Fund has enabled the JCC to hire a full-time staff member to curate the gallery and develop public education components. This position has resulted in increased interaction between visitors and the pieces on display and in a greater ability to delve into the values and themes conveyed in the art. Past exhibits have included works by Sol Lewitt and Rudi Weissenstein.
The Illumination Fund exhibited Intersections: Art and Community at the JCC in Manhattan at its offices from November 2012 – May 2013. This specially organized exhibit showed the work of four artists whose works address themes related to identity, community, and the merging of cultural and personal histories. Click here for more information on the exhibit and its artists.