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Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Receives Grant for Summer-Long Cross-Cultural Arts Festival

Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Receives Grant for Summer-Long Cross-Cultural Arts Festival

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) today announced a $450,000 grant from its Harry and Belle Krupnick Endowment Fund to underwrite a summer-long, citywide collaborative cross-cultural arts festival. The slate of events-all available to the public free of charge-is among the most creative efforts developed by a Los Angeles Jewish institution to foster engagement between cultures and communities, according to The Foundation.

Voices of LA: The Krupnick Festival of the Arts is a series of five cross-cultural collaborations, bringing Jewish artists together with artmakers from diverse communities across Los Angeles, representing a broad range of ethnicities and cultures. The presentations-spanning music, dance, spoken word and visual arts-will be held across metropolitan Los Angeles in a variety of venues throughout July and August. The series will culminate in a day-long festival on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 at the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Koreatown, showcasing all collaborations, in addition to a wide range of family-friendly programs, activities and food that reflect and celebrate the cultural diversity of Los Angeles.

A full schedule of events including venues-which stretch from Boyle Heights to Beverly Hills and from Venice to Echo Park-will be available in the coming weeks at www.voicesoflafest.com. (Several of the events will be repeated in multiple venues bringing to eight the total number of summer presentation dates plus the Sept. 14 day-long culminating celebration.) Indicative of the peripheral scope, among the Jewish musical artists scheduled are Wil-Dog Abers of the triple-Grammy-winning group Ozomatli, who will perform with bandmate Justin Porée and alternative-R&B singer-songwriter Jarell Perry.

Similarly, dance, spoken word and visual arts presentations are intended to link a broad collection of talents and cultural perspectives, according to Marvin I. Schotland, president and chief executive officer of The Foundation, the largest manager of charitable assets and planned giving solutions for Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists.

"The rationale behind Voices of LA is to foster artistic collaborations that lead to powerful exchanges, meaningful dialogues and, potentially, to inspire new alliances across our city," said Schotland. "Jewish tradition has for centuries been influenced by the cultures of the varied, diverse communities Jews have called home. Likewise, Jewish life locally reflects the diversity and blend of traditions that comprise Los Angeles's rich texture of ethnicities and heritages. We hope that the cross-cultural collaborations between artists from different ethnic communities will draw a diverse population to each of the events."

Schotland noted that Los Angeles's 472 square miles is comprised of people with roots from 140 countries who, collectively, speak some 200 different languages. "Every day, cross-cultural collaborations occur on an informal basis. Voices of LA is a deliberate effort to draw together these rich heritages-an intentional effort by a Los Angeles Jewish organization to reach into our communities, foster connectivity and linkage," he said.

With funding from the Krupnick Endowment of the Jewish Community Foundation, Voices of LA is presented by Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of Los Angeles' first synagogues, and produced by Community Arts Resources-the cultural-planning and event production firm behind some of Los Angeles' most beloved public events, including CicLAvia, the Santa Monica Festival and the Getty Family Festivals, among numerous other arts and cultural events spanning two-plus decades.

Information about Voices of LA will be available on the festival's website, www.voicesoflafest.com, where visitors can sign up for festival updates, Facebook connections and Twitter and Instagram feeds, and RSVP for the summer performance series.

About the Harry and Belle Krupnick Endowment Fund

One of approximately 225 endowments administered by The Foundation, The Harry and Belle Krupnick Endowment Fund was established by its namesakes, of blessed memory, and their family to enable the community at large to share in the Krupnicks' passion for their Jewish heritage and love of the ethnic diversity of Los Angeles. Since its inception in 2002, grants from the endowment totaling more than $3 million have funded, in addition to Voices of LA, among others: Zeitgeist-The Harry and Belle Krupnick International Jewish Arts Festival at the Skirball Cultural Center; two acclaimed productions that aired nationally on PBS, The Jewish Americans (2008) and The Story of the Jews (2014); and the Krupnick Media Arts Center at Los Angeles Valley College.

About The Foundation

Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is the largest manager of charitable assets and the leader in planned giving solutions for Greater Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists. The Foundation currently manages assets of $880 million (unaudited as of Dec. 31, 2013) and ranks among the 11 largest Los Angeles foundations. In 2013, The Foundation and its more than 1,000 donors distributed $65 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations with programs that span the range of philanthropic giving. For more information, please visit www.jewishfoundationla.org.

Notes to Editors:

  • High-resolution artist images are available upon request.
  • Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles President and CEO Marvin Schotland and Wil-Dog Abers of Grammy-winning Ozomatli are available upon request for interviews.

SOURCE: BUSINESS WIRE ©2014 Business Wire

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