email announcement distributed September 2008

*The Orchard Street Shul Cultural Heritage Artists Project*

Artists working in all media are invited to participate in a Cultural Heritage Project based in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Orchard Street Shul Artists Project offers artists an opportunity to engage with a historic synagogue that is largely as it was when it was opened in 1927. This is a rare opportunity for artists to visit the site before renovation takes place -- with the marks of history still clearly evident.  The project is not a simple exhibition of existing work; you must make new work responding to the environment, history, or architecture of the Orchard Street Shul. All media will be considered, and you may determine the format of your participation as the project progresses.  In keeping with the intention of celebrating heritage and cultural diversity, we ask that all work produced for this project maintain respect for the synagogue as the spiritual home of an ongoing segment of New Haven's Jewish Community, and as the legacy of past generations.  Artists will be expected to visit the site at least once prior to producing work.

Artists will have access to ground-breaking 3D scans of the Shul, as researchers at Yale University will be working on the project to produce a virtual replica of the site. Engaging with the 3D data offers artists the opportunity to be at the forefront of research in 3D imaging. Artists working in non-digital media may visit the Orchard Street Shul for on-site sessions of drawing, painting, etc. Artists may also arrange for access to historical photographs in the collection of the Jewish Historical Society.

Artists may apply to be part of the exhibition by sending an email expressing interest to:

Please include a link to a web site or blog with examples of previous work, and a c.v. In your email, tell us why this project interests you. There is no formal application form. After acceptance, you will have several months to complete your contribution to the project.  We will produce an exhibition for the Orchard Street Shul, and a catalogue to be widely distributed.

For more information visit:

The project is coordinated by Cynthia Beth Rubin, a New Haven based new media artist, working with a team of artists and community members.