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Sacred Text as a Stage For Community Building
Jon Adam Ross & Chantal Pavageaux of the In(HEIR)itance Project
February 26, 2020, 12:15-1:15 PM
$18.00 per person (if register prior to February 20th, 2020)
FREE for CSP 5780 members and educators who register early
$36.00 at the door
This program is fully funded by a grant from: The Albert and Rhoda Weissman Arts Endowment Fund, a joint program of Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and Jewish Federation.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Albert and Rhoda Weissman Arts Endowment Fund, a joint program of Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and Jewish Federation, the Community Scholar Program (www.occsp.org) is bringing Jon Adam Ross, actor, educator and founder of the IN[heir]itance Project, and Chantal Pavageaux, an interdisciplinary artist working in performance and social practice, to O.C. as community artists in residence between February 21-28, 2020. The overall theme of the one week residency is “Sacred Text as a Stage for Community Building”. Our one week artists will be presenting at a variety of locations in the community, including Temple Beth El of South Orange County, Congregation B’nai Israel, the Jewish Collaborative of OC, Irvine Hebrew Day School, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Beth Tikvah, Moishe House, Heritage Pointe and TVT Day School. Join us on February 26th as we focus on the topic: “Tribalism and Immigration”. Space limited
The In[HEIR]itance Project is a national arts organization that collaborates with communities using a unique methodology of collective artmaking that puts lived experiences in relationship with sacred* texts to instigate engagement around challenging civic conversations. *We interpret ‘sacred text’ to mean any narrative that holds meaning for the community. They could be ancient religious, mythic, cultural or patriotic texts, personal and universal stories, attitudes and archetypes, local lore (current or historical), or popular media and culture. As a founding member of the Storahtelling troupe with Amichai Lau-Lavie, Jon Adam Ross helped pioneer a theatrical approach to Torah reading in synagogue, which, by acting out the Torah portion rather than simply chanting it, aimed to break down all sorts of barriers between congregants and the Bible. This leveling of the playing field is a major preoccupation for Ross. “People often wield ownership over sacred texts for purposes of division, condescension and judgment… In place of that, I want to plant openness, generosity and awareness of others.” Jon has served as an artist in residence at Union Theological Seminary, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and many other religious and educational institutions. Jon was a Spielberg Fellow in Jewish Theater Education with the Foundation for Jewish Camp and received a Fellowship from the Covenant Foundation to create the In[heir]itance Project in 2015. As an actor, Jon has performed his solo shows in over 90 cities around the globe. Notably, Jon has performed at the Guthrie Theater (MN), Playhouse on the Square (TN), and in NYC where his stage credits include: a dog, a 2,000 year old bird, an elderly orthodox Jew, a spurned housewife, a horse, a British naval officer in 1700’s Jamaica, a goat, Jesus Christ, a lawyer, a hapless police chief, and a cyclops. Jon holds a BFA in Acting from NYU/Tisch.