MICHAEL KERR - BEST OF SHOW -- PURCHASE AWARD
(To be included in the Museum's Permanent Collection)
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
Seventh Annual Purim Mask Invitational
The masks are juried by a panel of local art experts in separate age divisions with all masks competing for the “Best in Show” award.
On Purim, it is a mitzvah (commandment) to hear the Megillat Esther (The Book of Esther) that tells the story of Purim read aloud. Due to Esther’s disguising her identity as a Jewess, it has become custom to dress up and mask one’s identity during the Purim feast. Students create wearable masks recognizing Purim, a joyful holiday occurring on March 24, 2013 (Jewish Year 5773).
The majority of students in Tulsa area schools are from faiths other than Judaism and are often unaware of Jewish culture and traditions. In creating a mask for Purim and learning the story of Esther and other Purim traditions, students are able to learn more about other cultures and religions. The show is on display in the Brodsky and Special Exhibition Galleries from February 24 – April 7, 2013.
College and work readiness-plan for it!
"We do not teach the arts to create great artists anymore than we teach math to create the next generation of mathematicians or language arts to create the next generation of writers. We teach the arts in our schools to create great people so they are empowered with skills and knowledge to be successful in life… to do great things regardless of the vocational pathway they choose."
~in an article about the late Steve Jobs~