Jewish-American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is an annual recognition and celebration of Jewish American achievements in and contributions to the United States of America. In April 2006, President George W. Bush announced that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month, marking the moment as an achievement in the effort of the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish Community leaders for a celebration of Jewish Americans and Jewish American Heritage. May was chosen as the month of Jewish American Heritage Month because of the successful 350th Anniversary Celebration of Jews in America. Republican Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) were those who urged the president to proclaim a recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to America and the American culture. The Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition states that, “JAHM also enables the exploration of the meaning of religious pluralism, cultural diversity, and participation in American civic culture.”

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In celebration of this rich history of cultural unity and support, the International Museum of Cultures proudly proclaims a thank you to the nation of Israel. We desire to provide continued support for their small, courageous culture during these current times of political unrest in the middle east. We hope that during the month of May, fellow Americans will be reminded of the cross-cultural friendship we possess.

Chicks, Chat & Chocolate

“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” ~Octavio PazOn

Valentine’s Day, the International Museum of Cultures hosted a special poetry event: Chicks, Chat and Chocolate. In the early afternoon, poets Doris Black-Hubbard and Rachel Karp presented their works in a citation of rhyme and emotion. A paddle auction was also held, featuring many cultural art pieces and trinkets. Many ladies went home with beautiful keepsakes. Much chocolate was consumed and love expressed through kind words and encouraging chit-chat.

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William Hall “Fandango” 31st piece of Art on Silent Auction

“30 ONE – CAST IN STONE” Art Exhibition

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local contemporary artist William Hall.

William Hall opened his Art Exhibition at the International Museum of Cultures with 30 of his art pieces. He then performed a live demonstration creating a unique cast cement art piece. This piece became the 31st art piece, commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Museum.

Below is that 31st art piece, named “Fandango”. William Hall has donated this piece of art to the museum to raise funds through a silent auction running to the end of the exhibition on July 22nd.

Submit a silent auction bid for “Fandango” by contacting the Museum or send an email to info@internationalmuseumofcultures.org.

(click on the picture to enlarge)

IMC Celebrating the Traditions and Customs of Spain

The International Museum of Cultures presented an Easter Pageant celebrating the traditions and customs of Spain on April 9th.

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The Daniel de Cordoba Bailes Espanoles performed Flamenco songs and dances honoring a mutual friend, Ms. Edna Jane Travis, who passed away recently.

All the female dancers were from Spain, as well as the vocalist, who was a favorite of Ms. Travis’.

We were so pleased that the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs was also a sponsor of the event.

Proposed Cuts in Texas State Aid Impact Small Groups in the Arts

Gov. Rick Perry delivered his State of the State address on February 8th, proposing to consolidate or suspend non-critical state agencies in order to make state government more streamlined and efficient.

International Museum of Cultures

International Museum of Cultures

In Gov. Perry’s plan, he would entirely eliminate funding to four agencies, including the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts, while consolidating dozens of others, as reported in MyWestTexas.com.

In an article published in the DallasNews.com the same day as the State of the State address, the Dallas Area Arts Group expressed concern about the impact that the proposed cuts would have on smaller groups. Arts organizations are currently struggling with slower ticket sales, lower contributions and declining endowment income.

“Doing away with that agency is not going to address the state’s problems in any significant way,” said George Landis, president of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. “The worst thing is that there are dozens and dozens of really small arts groups in medium and small towns in Texas, and for them, six, eight, 10 or 15 thousand dollars could be a critical amount of money,” he said. “A lot of the arts council money goes to very small local initiatives.”

Paul Stewart, acting president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, said that “There’s sometimes a misunderstanding about the arts, and the positive impact they have on our economy — for driving tourism and other economic activity, and attracting businesses to our state. … These are things that enrich our community intellectually and spiritually as well as economically.”

The International Museum of Cultures is located in South Dallas providing a window into indigenous people of the world  to further mutual respect and peace between peoples. This museum is an example of the great benefit of small cultural organizations for Texas, and the world.