St. Louis Jewish Community Pride Art Exhibit On Display

At Pride 2015, the St. Louis Jewish community had one of the most popular and well-visited tables, by people of all faiths.  The interactive booth encouraged LGBTQ individuals and allies to share their faces and stories to humanize the cause of inclusion and diversity. These individuals took a polaroid picture of themselves and their families and transcribed stories and experiences to share with the rest of the community.

From these pictures, an art exhibit was created through the joint efforts of many St. Louis Jewish organizations under the umbrella of the St. Louis Jewish Pride Committee. A Jewish Federation of St. Louis Innovation Grant funded the materials and details of this exhibit as well as the programming that is accompanying it. The work has been completed by volunteers who believe in the cause of inclusion in the Jewish community.

All photographs were taken on polaroid film by Jewish volunteers at the St. Louis Pride Festival at Soldier’s Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Anyone featured in a polaroid approached the only Jewish booth at the festival and were willing to participate in the project. The writing featured at the bottom of the polaroids are written in the handwriting by those featured in the images.

The exhibit will be on display at Temple Israel from December 4 – 18, 2015 and is open to the public during regular operating hours. Additionally, Temple Israel is hosting a Shabbat service on December 4 at 6:30 pm with a presentation and overview of reasons behind the exhibit’s creation and what diversity and inclusion mean to the greater Jewish community. For more information on the exhibit at Temple Israel, contact Erin May at EMay@TI-STL.org.

To follow the exhibit, check Facebook at Facebook.com/Jewish.LGBTA.STL. To request a visit from the Art Exhibit, contact Tasha Kaminsky at Tasha@KolRinahSTL.org.

 

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