Uprooted and Resettled: Stories of CO Immigrant and Refugee Youth

CNP logo no tagBy Jan C. Nadav, Director of Education and Interpretation

“That was the best language arts class ever!”
“I had a blast!”
“This was really fun and I hope to see this program again!”
“That was a great experience.”
“More poetry!”
“I learned so much about myself and my assumptions.”
“I loved the stories about kids my age.”

Migrating to a new country, learning a new language and assimilating to a new culture is never easy, but it happens every day in the United States. Most come to join family members or seek better employment opportunities. Still others come to this country to escape persecution. These individuals are known as refugees, and they have often faced tremendous hardships like genocide, religious and political persecution and war. They leave their native country in order to survive, and the journey they endure and the challenges they face in adapting to their new lives is often inspiring, but not always recognized nor understood by the communities they join.
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Enriched, Ennobled, Encouraged: Creative Journeys Summer Camps

girl at summer campBy Jan C. Nadav, Director of Education & Interpretation

Leonard Bernstein wrote:

“The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed…because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events…by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.”

This relates to what we do best at Mizel Museum. We create opportunities for people to break through to new understandings of themselves and the world around them, through the power of the arts. Over the last five years, I have seen widespread evidence of this – something I call “perceptual change.” Continue reading

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What’s a Non-Jew Doing Working at a Jewish Museum?

goyfromillinois By Lisa Rimmert, Director of Marketing

When I accepted this position at the Mizel Museum in July 2013, I was incredibly excited about the work. As with any news I’m remotely excited about, I told everyone who would listen. After hearing I’d be working for a Jewish museum, the first question people would ask was a variation of, “Wait, are you Jewish?” I would say no, and their expression would remain a perplexed one. Of course I knew what they were puzzled by: what’s a non-Jew doing working at a Jewish museum? Are you allowed to do that? Do they know you’re not Jewish?
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First Thing’s First: What’s a Goy?

goyfromillinois By Lisa Rimmert, Director of Marketing

Before I post about anything else, I want to first address the name of this column: “Goy From Illinois.” Before I came to work for the Mizel Museum, I didn’t know the word “goy.” I can’t remember how I learned it, but it’s likely that I first saw it in this really cute book called “Yiddish with Dick and Jane.” It contains a story of Dick and Jane, with many Yiddish words throughout the story and defined in the glossary. We’ll have to learn about Yiddish together later, but for now, let’s concentrate on one word: “goy.” Continue reading

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New Column: Goy From Illinois

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By Lisa Rimmert, Director of Marketing

What is the role of a Jewish museum? What does “Jewish” even mean; is it a culture or a religion, and can/should those things be looked at separately? What is a mezuzah? What holidays do Jews celebrate?

These questions, big and small, are just a sampling of the ones I’ve asked myself and my coworkers since coming to work for the Mizel Museum in August 2013. As someone who is new to Colorado and new to learning about Jewish culture, I have found myself constantly asking people for their opinions, taking classes and workshops and Googling like it’s nobody’s business. There’s so much to learn, and it’s all so interesting! So, I present to you “Goy From Illinois,” a new column on our blog, and I invite you to come with me on a journey, to discover alongside me what Jewish culture is all about. Continue reading

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Why Thomas Friedman?

FriedmanBy Deanne Kapnik, Director of Special Events and Projects

With The Power of Place as a guiding theme for our programming for the next couple of years, the staff agreed that Thomas Friedman could prompt important dialogue around this theme, as well as to propel us into new, exciting programming.

Thomas Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter and columnist. He has written more than twelve hundred columns, received three Pulitzer Prizes and authored six books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World is Flat. Continue reading

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The Power of Place: Home with My Sisters

As part of the Museum’s new focus on The Power of Place, we are asking members of the community to submit to us a short blurb about a place of importance in their lives – whether it’s their childhood home, their local bookstore or even a “place” in time or a place that moves around.

Today, we hear from Rachel Smith, one of the Mizel Museum’s most treasured volunteers. Rachel , who relays a beautiful story of connection with others in a place that is special to her. Continue reading

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The Power of Place: An Institution of Growth

As part of the Museum’s new focus on The Power of Place, we are asking members of the community to submit to us a short blurb about a place of importance in their lives – whether it’s their childhood home, their local bookstore or even a “place” in time or a place that moves around.

Today, we hear from Lindan Noel, who gives us a little peek into a place that is special to her. Continue reading

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The Power of Place: Memories of Summer

rolling lawnBy Deanne Kapnik, Director of Special Events & Projects

When I was eight years old, my aunt and uncle bought a big ranch-style house on six acres in the suburbs. About half of the land was soft green rolling lawn. (Infrequently, we got to drive the little tractor lawn mower. That was a thrill.) There was a swimming pool and tennis courts and an orchard, and the whole place backed up to the Highline Canal. There was a flagstone patio off the house that was elevated, and the southwest side of it looked out on Mount Evans and, depending on how clear the day was, Pikes Peak. Continue reading

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Considering Collecting: An Interview with Shannon Robinson

BLOGblock-gregory-classical-still-life-with-moth-28x32-oil-3600By Georgina Kolber, Curator of Exhibits, Collections & Programs

The first installment of our Denver Collects program series will go out with a bang, as we experience the boundlessly energetic Shannon Robinson [President of the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation (CDVF) and Chairperson of the Mizel Community Board] discussing one of her favorite topics: collecting art. In the first three Denver Collects programs in the series, Ivar Zeile of Plus Gallery spoke to us from a gallery director’s perspective, and four private collectors toured and dazzled us through their art-filled homes. In this, our last Denver Collects program (for now), Shannon’s unique presentation will use tales of famous collectors throughout history as a springboard from which to lend us practical tips on how everyone can become a collector.

As president of the CDVF, Shannon has curated and produced the Windows to the Divine® Art Exhibition for all its eight years. This year’s show, held at Arthaus in RiNo from May 17 through June 6, features more than 50 artists, including Quang Ho, William Hook, Emilio Lobato, Jill Soukup and Daniel Sprick. After her talk on collecting, Shannon will guide us through this dynamic exhibition, and then we’ll tour a few more galleries in the RiNo district.

As part of our series of blog posts, called “Considering Collecting” (which began with this examination of a handful of collectors), I asked Shannon a few questions to whet your appetites for the June 1st Denver Collects program: Continue reading

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