A Prisoner’s Artwork: A Ship from Guantanamo

This is such a moving story about the a prisoner in Guantanamo and the power of art in his ability to survive. NYTIMES.COM Video: Opinion | A Ship From Guantánamo Moath al-Alwi has never been charged with a crime, but has spent over 19 years at the U.S. military detention camp in Cuba. In a […]

Hong Kong Protests, Silenced on the Streets, Surface in Artworks

Even as the authorities restrict speech in the Chinese territory, local artists are subtly rendering the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations in paintings, installations and other media. The artist Siu Wai Hang. Last month, the Hong Kong branch of the Goethe-Institut, the cultural arm of the German government, hosted a mixed-media solo show by him, “Unreasonable Behavior.”Credit...Lam […]

Voices of Exchange

Episode 3: Jumping Out of the Water Wed, 28 Apr 2021 08:00:00 -0400 What happens when you’re an artist living in a tyrannical state: do you risk your life to fight tyranny, or do you escape your country because your gifts are valuable to the entire world?  Join us as we meet Gail Prensky, a […]

The JK Project Newsletter-Winter 2021

Dear Friends, We hope that all is well and healthy with you and your loved ones during this life-changing pandemic.  Since the pandemic struck us in early 2020, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project has been harnessing its creativity, shifting plans, and starting new initiatives.  We are adapting, inventing, and re-defining our goals. Throughout COVID-19, the Project has embraced […]


The opera on police violence that America needs to see, but can’t. By Michael Andor Brodeur June 17, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EDTThe Washington Post Kenneth Kellogg as the Father and Aaron Crouch as the Son in the Glimmerglass Festival's 2019 world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson's “Blue.” (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival) The good news […]

A 92-Year-Old Piano Teacher Won’t Let Students Miss Bach in the Pandemic

Cornelia Vertenstein, a Holocaust survivor, is still teaching piano lessons over FaceTime from her Denver home. By John BranchMay 15, 2020New York Times For more than 50 years, Cornelia Vertenstein, 92, has taught piano lessons from her home in Denver. Every week, through all those years, a parade of children came to her door, books in […]

‘China’s Banksy’ takes aim at Beijing

Chinese artist Badiucao in his studio in Melbourne, Australia. Badiucao’s show, “Made in Hong Kong, Banned in China,” opens Feb. 20 in Melbourne. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP/Getty Images) By Casey Quackenbush Feb. 18, 2020 at 9:59 a.m. ESTThe Washington Post SYDNEY — A dissident Chinese cartoonist whose solo Hong Kong show was canceled because of purported threats from authorities is […]

He yearns to escape war. His best shot: Dancing to stardom.

An 18-year-old who has lived as a refugee for the past eight years seeks a way out. By Danielle Paquette Feb. 5, 2020 at 6:05 a.m. EST The Washington Post OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — When he moves to the drumbeat, he forgets the corpses. He forgets the darkest hours of a life spent running from […]

Music Without Borders

The Cultural Frontline Music is a language without borders but what does it mean to those who’ve had to cross borders to survive? Rihab Azar, a classical oud player from Syria, Yasmin Kadi, an Afrobeat singer from Sierra Leone, and Tabrae, an underground hip-hop artist from Iran, are three talented, young musicians forced to leave […]

Japanese manga about a Uighur woman’s persecution in China becomes viral hit

By Simon Denyer The Washington PostDec. 14, 2019 at 9:46 a.m. EST A Japanese comic book telling the powerful and tragic tale of a 29-year-old Uighur woman from China has become a surprise viral hit. "What has happened to me — A testimony of a Uyghur woman" recounts the story told by Mihrigul Tursun, a member of […]