Brighter Revealed

Sunday, November 28th, 2021

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021


Free to public

Brighter Revealed: A Traveling Public Art Installation

Brighter Revealed is an illuminated mobile art display by artists Tova Speter and Emily Bhargava focused on sharing the light and vibrancy we each have to offer. Commissioned by JArts and incorporating artwork created by students and local partners throughout the Greater Boston area, this large scale beacon will reveal the inner strength and bright spirit contained within our community.

The Concept

The celebration of Hanukkah centers around sharing the miracle of light amidst darkness and the triumph of freedom prevailing over persecution. By bringing communities together to create art and by publicly showcasing their collaborative work, we hope to not only highlight the past miracle of Hanukkah, but also to reveal and acknowledge the present day miracles, inspiration, and collective strength found in our Boston community. This is the next phase of a series of Brighter installations created for the JArts Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by artist Tova Speter. Expanding our audience of makers and viewers each year, Brighter Revealed will continue to increase access by bringing the art to the streets, literally.

Jewish Community Day School (JCDS), Watertown

Harvard Hillel students and Hebrew SeniorLife, Brookline

The Artwork

Before beginning their artmaking, all community participants were asked to respond to the following prompt: “What is the source of your inner strength?” They then selected a color palette and one of eight stencils that resonated most with their individual source of inner strength. Next, participants used black sheets of transparent plastic “scratch art” paper to scrape away their designs, allowing light and color to shine through. Lastly, participants were invited to upload a short audio recording of themselves discussing their contribution. These recordings will be compiled and played aloud as part of the final installation, and their scratch art will adorn the structure’s glass windows.

“Sources of inner strength” stencil options
A participant at Entre Familia, Mattapan

The Construction

The Brighter Revealed “gazebo” was built by Manny Hutter, a woodworker based in Boston and Lead Carpenter at Herculean Woodworks.

The Brighter Revealed construction in progress

Community Partners:

Boys and Girls Club in Salem, Coleman House in Newton, Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead, Entre Familia in Mattapan, The Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, Gann Academy in Waltham, Gateways in Newton, Harvard University in Cambridge, Hebrew SeniorLife in Brookline, Maimonides School in Brookline, MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham, The Rashi School in Dedham, Shillman House in Framingham, Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton, Torah Academy in Brookline, and Yachad in Brookline.

Featured Artists

Tova Speter

Tova Speter is a local artist, art therapist, art educator, and arts consultant based in Needham. All of her work is based on her belief that engaging in art-making is inherently therapeutic and formative. Tova has worked in the intersection of arts and the Jewish experience for the past 20 years, facilitating meaningful Jewish art experiences and working as a consultant helping organizations infuse more arts-based experiences into their programming.

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Emily Bhargava

Emily is an artist and community organizer who has been teaching and leading community art projects for more than 20 years. She often works on the border between art and health, using art to share information, to increase community and collaboration, and to increase engagement in building healthy communities.

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This Hanukkah, JArts is bringing the light of Hanukkah to you in 4 unique different ways. Learn more about the history of Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

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Join Emily & Tova on JLive Friday December 3 at 12:00 PM!


JLive is our series of virtual cultural experiences that bring us together to explore and celebrate the diverse world of Jewish art, culture, and creative expression.

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