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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."

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