Jewish Poland: Difficult Questions and Ripple Effects

A Workshop By Leora Tec, Sponsored By The Generosity Of the Lexington Council for the Arts

Jews who have a family history in Poland may have complicated feelings about the Polish part of their identities. Must they reject the place that was the homeland of their ancestors for hundreds of years because it is the country where 90% of their brethren were murdered? Many Americans can easily claim their hyphenated identities: Irish-American, Italian-American. But what do Jews of Polish descent do with their Polishness? Many simply ignore it and claim only the Jewish part of themselves.

Likewise non-Jewish Poles may feel uncomfortable about framing their role in history. Do Jews or others blame them for what the Germans did? What about what their families suffered during World War II? And what if anti-Semitism is a part of their legacy? All these are difficult questions which led to this workshop.

Date: Sunday March 19th
Time: 2-4pm Eastern Time

Place: Arlington, MA (Details provided when you reserve your spot)

Free to the Public, Registration Required

Click HERE to reserve a spot.

ArtWalk 2016

Many thanks to the volunteers from the Lexington Center Alliance, Arts & Crafts Society, Open Studios & Munroe Center for the Arts.

Lexington Council for the Arts

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If you like walking through art galleries, but don’t have the time … or if you are looking for some artwork for your home or work, we have what you need!

Well over 30 artists, and over 20 shop windows will be offering  a chance to see what our Town’s artists are working on.  You won’t be disappointed.

There will also be guided tours as part of Gallery Night, and a reception to meet the artists, and see who the town art award goes to this year!

DETAILS:

  • COST:  Free
  • EVENT:  8 November – 28 November, in Lexington Center along Mass. Ave.
  • GALLERY NIGHT RECEPTION:  Thurs. 10 Nov. from 6-8
    • Guided tours at 6:30 & 7:30
    • Welcome remarks, and award at 7:15
    • Brookline Bank
  • SCAVENGER HUNT:  Pick up forms at the Visitors’ Center, or Cary Library, or click here.  Instructions on the form, and winners will be chosen 29…

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ArtWalk 2016

logoheader

If you like walking through art galleries, but don’t have the time … or if you are looking for some artwork for your home or work, we have what you need!

Well over 30 artists, and over 20 shop windows will be offering  a chance to see what our Town’s artists are working on.  You won’t be disappointed.

There will also be guided tours as part of Gallery Night, and a reception to meet the artists, and see who the town art award goes to this year!

DETAILS:

  • COST:  Free
  • EVENT:  8 November – 28 November, in Lexington Center along Mass. Ave.
  • GALLERY NIGHT RECEPTION:  Thurs. 10 Nov. from 6-8
    • Guided tours at 6:30 & 7:30
    • Welcome remarks, and award at 7:15
    • Brookline Bank
  • SCAVENGER HUNT:  Pick up forms at the Visitors’ Center, or Cary Library, or click here.  Instructions on the form, and winners will be chosen 29 November.

Summer Updates

IMG_1332Just a quick update because there seems to be so much happening (at a time when things should be on vacation!).

As ever – there are PLENTY of opportunities to get involved, and all you need to do is send an email to artscouncil@lexingtonma.gov to find out more about what is going on, or to get involved!

 

  • The gallery at the Community Center is soon to go online – this includes a hallway for 2D, and display cases for 3D.  more information can be found on the cary library site via Art@Cary for anyone who wants to display, or see who is exhibiting
  • Folks are beginning to think about the next Center ArtWalk for November – and hoping to get more retailers to display things in windows, and to consider an “affordable art” theme (e.g., perhaps smaller sizes?)
  • ArtsOffroad organizers are already thinking about next year (believe it or not),  with a focus on the bike path and inviting our neighbors from Bedford and Arlington and Cambridge to join in the fun
  • The lark of having a “Wearable Art” gala (and fundraiser) has actually taken hold with some interested folks who are looking at having this event in September of 2017
  • No one has actually bumped heads about what arts might find their way into the 2017 Patriots’ Day Parade- perhaps some early entries for ArtsOffroad & Wearable Art?  Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring local dancers and musicians in too??
  • And lastly, the Council for the Arts will be spearheading discussions about a Strategic Plan for the Arts & Culture this coming autumn.  please send your thoughts about what you think Lexington’s arts & culture mean – what we should maintain and what we should build.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED (some ideas for summer activities & musings):
  • Create some art for the ArtWalk 2016
  • Gather up some music for the reception night of ArtWalk 2016
  • Google “art bike” and craft a plan for what you would like to do for ArtsOffroad in May 2017
  • Log on to facebook.com/artslexington to see what previous ArtsOffroad’s were like, and muse how you might bring your music there in May 2017
  • Create some Wearable Art for the parade in April 2017, and for the gala in September!
  • Talk to your friends about what the arts & culture scene should look like in a few years time, and get back to the arts council with your thoughts

Letter to the Editor

Sent to the Boston Globe this morning (to do likewise, visit our Facebook page for details)

Dear Mr. McGregory and Ms. Ostriker,

It is my understanding that the arts coverage in the Globe is decreasing.

I am writing to you from suburban Lexington’s Council for the Arts with some concern.  We are a town committee seeking to promote the arts.  We have been working very hard to bring art to residents and to make them aware of all that is happening around them.
The arts bring to us inspiration – both as artists creating, and patrons enjoying.  Likewise it helps bring our youth opportunities in so many areas of growth, the least of which is developing their creativity.  And it is creativity that helps us grow our society in ways beyond the arts as well, such as through the sciences and humanities.
Prior to being part of this group two years ago, I was unaware of this Council and all the arts happening in Lexington and beyond.  While this is in part my own doing, it also speaks to how we promote the arts.  And doing less, is just a depressing trajectory.
At a time when there is so much fear in our world, I would hope that your coverage of the arts builds rather than decreases and that you help reset the balance of our news coverage.
With kind regards,
Cristina Burwell,
Chairperson, Lexington Council for the Arts