This year’s Jewish Street Art Festival, Contemporary Plagues, is launching just in time for Passover 2021!
Join us on Wednesday, March 31, 7:30 pm EST, to see the five murals and hear from the artists about their work, and the plague theme behind their projects! During this 30-minutes event each artist will share their project and inspiration, with time for questions at the end!
Maya Ciarrocchi (mural at 14th St Y, NYC), Bareket Kezwer (mural at Miles Nadal JCC, Toronto), Hillel Smith (paired murals at JCC Harlem and Repair the World NYC, NYC), and Mike Wirth (mural at Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte, NC)
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Jewish Street Art Festival Passover 2021 – Contemporary Plagues is produced by Asylum Arts and Hillel Smith, in collaboration with LABA, and made possible with the generous support of CANVAS.
The Jewish Street Art Festival, founded by Hillel Smith, gathers Jewish street artists from around the Diaspora and Israel who make street art with Jewish themes. The artists come from diverse backgrounds: Ashkenazi and Mizrachi, secular, religious, and in between. This array of perspectives exemplifies the richness of the Jewish world and creates the stage for a broader conversation about Jewish art and identity. The first Festival was held in 2019 in Jerusalem with 18 murals, bringing international Jewish street artists together for the first time in one place. In 2020, the Festival was reimagined as a way to bring art to local communities, with nine artists painting eight murals across North America for Chanukah. Jewish Street Art Festival Passover 2021 – Contemporary Plagues brings four muralists into a dialogue responding to different contemporary plagues and creating works in NYC, Charlotte, and Toronto.
Jewish Street Art Festival Passover 2021 – Contemporary Plagues is produced by Asylum Arts and Hillel Smith, in collaboration with LABA, and made possible with the generous support of CANVAS. Murals have been created in New York City, Charlotte and Toronto. In Toronto, Bareket Kezwer’s mural at the Miles Nadal JCC engages with the plague of binary thinking, and is in partnership with the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Mike Wirth’s mural in Charlotte at the Queens University of Charlotte in partnership with the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte, makes visible the plague of housing insecurity. Hillel Smith’s paired murals in New York City, at JCC Harlem and Repair the World NYC, engage with food insecurity. Maya Ciarrocchi’s mural at the 14th St Y in New York explores the plague of grief and loss. The work is part of a North American project – Dwelling in a Time of Plagues – a coast-to-coast Jewish artistic response to contemporary plagues. To see the other works on display, visit plaguedwelling.com.