SFJA Art Show Dec 2013

Academy hosts art show in new building

In late November, the South Florida Jewish Academy held an opening reception and auction for its "Third Annual Student Art Exhibition," which featured more than 70 pieces of original artwork created by students of the academy.

According to Baila Gansburg, the academy's principal and headmaster: "We are proud to display our students' talented and unique art work. One-hundred percent of the proceeds of the exhibit will go to benefit the students of our school. We understand that all typical children, as well as those with special needs, deserve special care and attention to help them gain confidence and realize their full potential."

The event was sponsored by Bear Givers, a New York-based nonprofit organization. The art exhibit was a part of the EmpowerArt Program created by Bear Givers.

According to Bear Givers spokeswoman Kristen DiChiaro: "The primary objective of the EmpowerArt Program is to give children who have special needs — or are hospitalized — an opportunity to showcase their artwork in a professional gallery setting. The children are the stars at their art show's opening reception and are able to see their creative pieces framed and on display. They are always excited to see their work being shown and purchased. This experience is very empowering, as is the knowledge that they are financially benefiting their organization."

Added Joseph Sprung, chairman of Bear Givers: "This exhibit gave so many people an opportunity to see what these talented students are capable of and how they are encouraged and nurtured by the South Florida Jewish Academy. We were happy to support an event that allowed these students to showcase their creativity."