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The Big Jewcy: Anne Hromadka – SEDER As Art

In an interview with graphic design god Milton Glaser, he discussed art as a survival device, something that persisted through human culture as a tool for inducing attentiveness in the populace. Through her unique projects in the Jewish art world, Anne Hromadka is blowing our minds, man, as the tribe is exposed to innovative art, and art exposes new things about the tribe.

For the past six years, she has been engaged in the community as director at LA’s contemporary art gallery Culver City Arts District as well as independent consultant for the city’s Hebrew Union College. In the past couple years, she also took on the nonprofit art sector as program director for Southern California’s Jewish Artists Initiative. The cherry on top has got to be the project she co-founded, the Los Angeles SEDER Art MicroGrant, which rethinks “how Contemporary Jewish art and culture is financed and experienced communally” via a feast and democracy. Steeped in these engaging projects, she remarks, “My primary interest is in expanding the Jewish culture conversation by finding new ways to share our diverse narratives in the public sphere. I believe strongly in the power of participatory cultural experiences and believe art education is enhanced through a variety of ways when it directly engages the audience.”

If funding pulls through this year, Hromadka will be taking things a step further with her food cart-style art truck “The ability to literally “transport” an exhibition or cultural experience to various settings will expose Jewish concepts to a broad audience. This mobile Jewish space will house installations, sound-pieces, performances, paintings, interactive multimedia work and videos. The mobile gallery will be dedicated to increasing Jewish cultural awareness and appreciation through exposure to the arts.” This genius idea landed her a spot in the 2011 PresenTense (PT) Global Summit fellowship program in Jerusalem where she will make this concept a reality. Get ready to grab a fresh perspective on a curb near you.

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