Hanukkah: Festival of Lights 2020
For Hanukkah this year, JArts is bringing you multiple ways to celebrate the holiday of lights: virtual programming, as the traditional, beloved Hanukkah celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston goes online; a safe, distanced in-person experience with our Brighter Connected window art project; and a chance to virtually connect with community through an augmented reality candle lighting.
Every December since 2015, JArts has been bringing the Greater Boston community together to celebrate Hanukkah at the Museum of Fine Arts, reaching thousands of people each year. Although this year will be different from years past, the MFA and the Jewish Arts Collaborative will once again join forces and partner with local artists and communities to create an unforgettable evening of performance, education, craft, and artistic engagement opportunities for all ages. As in years past, the whole community will be invited to virtually join together for an evening of arts programming and a special online community candle-lighting on 9 December.
Additionally, this year, JArts has commissioned a city-wide art project, Brighter Connected. Facilitated by artist Tova Speter, the project engages seven additional artists, each of who has paired with one or more community groups to host a window that will be adorned with an illuminated work of art inspired by themes of light and connection. Bringing different communities together to create and showcase Hanukkah-inspired art in neighborhood windows across Boston, we will highlight not only past Hanukkah miracles, but also present-day miracles of strength, resiliency, and vibrancy in our connected communities.
Eight collaborative, light-themed public art displays will be created by local artists, in partnership with local communities, and installed in windows in eight different neighborhoods in and around Boston. These pieces will be designed to honor social distancing while simultaneously fostering community connection.