In 2015, the Ashkenaz Foundation will be establishing the Theodore Bikel Legacy Fund, an endowment that will allow for the permanent creation of the Theodore Bikel Artist-in-Residence position at all future Ashkenaz Festivals.
This initiative is a poignant tribute to a great iconic artist, who has made profound contributions to the arts and the Jewish community. This honour will be bestowed upon local and international artists whose work reflects Theodore Bikel’s values and career, including his commitment to the Jewish community, Israel, the Yiddish language, multilingualism, intercultural peace, and folk music. The position will be open to artists and leaders in various disciplines (music, theatre, film, literature, etc.). It will simultaneously honour the past and celebrate the present, while providing a prestigious opportunity for contemporary and emerging artists.
Please note that in 2015 there is an extraordinary and unique opportunity to magnify the impact of any donations. This year, all contributions will be submitted to Canadian Heritage’s endowment incentive program for matching, thereby doubling the impact of your gift, and creating the means to sustain this important program in perpetuity.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 from donors which is then to be matched. The income earned from this combined $100,000 special Fund will directly support the Artist-in-Residence program.
There will be a special recognition of the founding donors at the 2016 Ashkenaz Festival.