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Art is powerful. It can inspire… incite… engage… enrage… enlighten… and draw on many more of our emotions. As a member of The Jewish Museum you have seen and experienced this power first hand.
I want to thank you personally for your generous support of The Jewish Museum this year.
It is the extraordinary commitment of our members, you among them, which allows the Museum to present one-of-a-kind exhibitions such as Chagall: Love, War, and Exile that makes us central to the vibrant cultural life of New York City and a special destination for celebrating art and Jewish culture.
Once you have been touched by art you want to bring this experience to others. And as we plan for major exhibitions to take place next spring and fall, we are counting on your help to make this happen.
Other Primary Structures; Mel Bochner: Strong Language; and Helena Rubenstein: Beauty is Power are three powerful exhibitions that will spark your curiosity and bring special excitement to the Museum.
The 2013 Annual Fund will be an important source of support for these exhibitions as well as accompanying programming. Can I count on you to make our Annual Fund drive successful this year by making a contribution of $36, $72, or even a very generous $500 or $1,000 before December 31?
Bringing art and Jewish culture to New York and to the next generation of art appreciators is power that you hold in your hands. Supporting the Museum’s Annual Fund is a way for you to show how much this means to you, and to support our role in making this happen.
Of course, there is so much that we do to ensure all our visitors can explore the ideas and concepts in art and Jewish culture more deeply in all our offerings.
For adults, we always offer an array of public programs, from Dialogue & Discourse to Conversations with Art, to Writers and Artists Respond, as well as gallery talks. In January I hope you can attend the New York Jewish Film Festival, which the Museum presents in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center—then participate in additional wonderful programs in 2014.
More than 15,000 school students have visited The Jewish Museum this year alone, and have left inspired. With your help, our goal is to increase this number substantially in 2014.
Children and families are a special focus of our activities. Each month younger children can get creative at our drop-in art projects or be captivated by special concerts. Older teens go behind the camera at engaging video workshops or attend film festival screenings—families find the Museum is a great place to share conversations and experiences together. The legacy we are passing on to future generations is priceless, thanks to you.
This Museum is vitally important to New York City, to human understanding, to the visual arts through our diverse exhibitions like Chagall and Beauty is Power: Helena Rubinstein and Her Modernist Salons, and to the lives and experiences of Jews everywhere. Your year-end Annual Fund contribution to the Museum has the power to make certain that our work in the year ahead continues to be meaningful and relevant to all.
In appreciation of your special gift, we want you to have free Museum guest passes, based on your level of giving as noted on the enclosed reply form.
We also want to honor your gift of $360, or more, with a complimentary copy of the exhibition catalogue for Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, and with your gift of $1,000, or more, with the exquisite Sketch for Red Angel porcelain plate, from the Collection Marc Chagall by Bernardaud.
As the holidays approach I hope to see you at the Museum enjoying our current exhibitions with your family and friends. And remember, we are open on December 25!
In this, the season of light and miracles, as we remember and give thanks, I want to thank you for all that you do to ensure The Jewish Museum adds to the vibrant cultural life of New York City and remains a powerful center for art and Jewish culture.
Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director
P.S. Thank you in advance for helping us meet our ambitious goals for exhibitions and programs in 2014 by making a gift. Please remember that your gift, if made before December 31, will be tax deductible on your 2013 tax return, as allowed by law. Thank you again for your generosity!