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Skirball Museum receives major grant funding

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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2018 10:07 am

The Skirball Museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has received grant funding from local foundations to enhance its operations and assure that the museum continues its role as a rich and vibrant community resource. 

The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati provided the museum with a four-year grant from 2016-2019 for the intake and registration of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick collection, including creating an online database. 

In 2015, B’nai B’rith International and HUC-JIR announced the transfer of the art and artifacts of the former B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, for the purposes of preserving and displaying this collection of sacred and secular fine and decorative arts. The B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection augments and enhances the Skirball’s holdings, rendering it among the most prominent Jewish museums between the Alleghenies and the Rockies.

According to Skirball Museum director, Abby Schwartz, “The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati’s generous grant has enabled us to process this venerable collection and have many of its most important works on view with related public programming. A critical piece of the grant is the funding to create and implement a searchable online database that will be available to scholars, students, and a general audience. This technology expands the museum’s reach exponentially.”

In early 2018, the Skirball Museum received a two-year grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation for general operating support for the museum. 

The current exhibition, “Israel at 70: A History in Art and Artifacts,” is funded in part by this grant. The exhibition runs through June 3.

“These dollars will enable the museum to upgrade lighting and display cases, continue development of an interactive electronic database of its collections, and offer stimulating exhibitions and public programs,” Schwartz said. “We recognize the importance of this vote of confidence from a prestigious community foundation, and we look forward to utilizing these funds to increase the museum’s visibility and outreach to the greater Cincinnati region.” 

This fall, as part of FotoFocus 2018, a biennial community-wide celebration of lens-based art, the Skirball Museum will present “Jewish Cincinnati: A History in Photographs” by local photographer J. Miles Wolf. Wolf brings his considerable talents to illustrating the history of the Jews of Cincinnati through a focus on the current, former and now extinct places of worship used by Cincinnati’s Jewish community. The Skirball Museum has been awarded a $10,000 from FotoFocus to support the exhibition and related public programs. The exhibition opens on Thursday, Oct. 18.

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