ORT Plans Artsy/Eatsy Event in the City
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ORT Plans Artsy/Eatsy Event in the City

On March 15 ORT Atlanta will host its inaugural O/ART and the City event in collaboration with Atlanta’s thriving art community.

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Event chairs Justine Cohen, Delilah Cohen and Lesley Berman.
Event chairs Justine Cohen, Delilah Cohen and Lesley Berman.

On March 15 ORT Atlanta will host its inaugural O/ART and the City event in collaboration with Atlanta’s thriving art community and to celebrate the city’s people, art and culture while bringing awareness to ORT’s mission of impacting lives through education.

“We are honored to be able to support local artists in our community while also shining a light on this outstanding organization, which is found in 35 countries,” explained Delilah Cohen, co-chair of O/Art and the City.

Staged at the Stave Room in Midtown Atlanta, O/ART and the City is an evening featuring one-of-a-kind works of art designed by 44 of Atlanta’s top emerging and nationally recognized artists. Photographers, painters and artists of other mediums were hand-selected by local art advisors and challenged to create an original masterpiece centered around the specific theme, “Inspiration by Education.”
The artwork will be auctioned off at the event, and all proceeds will go toward ORT’S work to improve the school and the facilities at the Kfar Silver Youth Village in Israel. Recognizing the impact it can make, O/ART and the City supports ORT’s goal of bridging the gap between aptitude and opportunity, providing tools for disadvantaged students from under-served communities to be more successful.

Artists were sent a video about ORT and given the theme “Inspiration by Education,” around which to build their submissions. One local featured artist, Adam Podber, is working on a new work for the event, reaching back into Jewish elements from his 2019 Chabad exhibit and tying it into a more contemporary piece. “This will be a simple, positive message combining acrylic, oil-based, and aerosol paints with neon accents.”

Students from many ORT schools meet to learn and share their different backgrounds and cultures.

Artist Jenny Kamin is presenting a velvet-like floral bouquet painting, “For you: With thanks and gratitude,” lovingly expressing student-to-teacher appreciation.
Columbian-born artist Esteban Patino, who’s in the rotating collection at Atlanta’s High Museum, is known for his use of symbols, manipulation with language, and speech bubbles. He describes his ORT piece as inspired by the many smiles he’s seen in kids when they play with art or have the sensation of learning. “Art is an incredible connector, a gift that unites people from different ages, backgrounds, races. The {ORT} video reminded me of the opportunities I’ve had while engaging with young minds.”

Sandy Springs artist Susan Proctor prepared a 20-by-30-inch mixed media on canvas of an abstract figure of a woman with arms and wings representing freedom, entitled “Knowledge is Freedom.” She used actual textbook pieces with acrylic under paint. “The musical light bulb on the figure’s head represents old

Susan Proctor will offer this 20″ x 30″ mixed media made with old textbooks entitled “Knowledge is Freedom.”

music that I learned as a child.” She also wrote an original poem to accompany the mixed media.

At the event, there will be tiered opportunities to become a sponsor. There will also be several items up for auction, such as the highly sought after four tickets to “Hamilton” at the Fox Theatre, which includes a tour of the theater and a delicious catered lunch.

ORT America is the primary fundraising arm of World ORT, believed to be the largest nongovernmental education and training organization in the world. ORT’s educational and vocational programs provide its students with the best possible educational preparation, social services assistance, and financial support to remain in school and break the cycle of poverty. To date, ORT has impacted the lives of millions of students, regardless of their backgrounds or religious beliefs, equipping them with a high-caliber education and the technological training needed to become productive members of their communities.

“We support a global educational network, schools, colleges and vocational programs throughout the world,” said Rachel Miller, director of ORT America, Atlanta region.

O/ART and the City runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at 199 Armour Drive. Parking is complimentary. Food stations will be built around countries where ORT schools are located.

The wine tasting is being led by a certified sommelier and will also feature wines from Argentina, France and Spain.

Tickets start at $85 and can be purchased at ortamerica.ticket.qtego.net. The evening will include a dinner buffet, open bar, wine tasting, plus other surprises. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, call 404-327-5266.

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