01 September 2009

Letter to the Editor

Hal Curry photographed Jim's Dock in Jerusalem, RI, and submitted it to 'JerUSAlem-USA.'
The following letter was e-mailed to the newspapers in the vicinity of Jerusalems in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont.

To the Editor
People from throughout (name of state) are invited to visit Jerusalem in (name of county) and join with those living there in ‘JerUSAlem-USA,’ a participatory art project that links the twenty places in the United States called “Jerusalem” with the original Jerusalem in Israel. In addition to the Jerusalem in Rhode Island, there are Jerusalems in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont.

Visitors and residents of Jerusalem in (name of state) are invited to photograph everyday life there (people, homes, shops, community events and celebrations, signs with the name ‘Jerusalem’), and send them as jpg images to melalexenberg@yahoo.com. These photographs of Jerusalems in USA will be matched by images of everyday life in Jerusalem, Israel. They will be posted on the blogart site http://jerusalem-usa.blogspot.com/. Full credit will be given to the photographer.

In addition to being posted on the art project blog, the matched images will be exhibited in museums and art galleries in the United States and Israel, and incorporated in a book ‘JerUSAlem-USA.’ The juxtaposition of photographs of the original Jerusalem with American Jerusalems creates an interactive network of the people from USA and Israel with shared values that deepens the friendship between them.

Thank you for joining with citizens of the other 11 states where there are Jerusalems as a participant in the ‘JerUSAlem-USA’ art project.

Professor Mel Alexenberg
Head of the School of the Arts at Emuna College, Jerusalem, Israel
Former art professor at Columbia University, head of the art department at Pratt Institute, and research fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies
E-mail melalexenberg@yahoo.com

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