Art for Understanding

by | Mar 2, 2018 | What’s Happening

March 9–March 16

For more than 20 years, Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion program has brought students from across Virginia and from all walks of life, to perform together on stage and share the joy of dance.

Nearly a decade ago, the program traveled to Israel, and since then, Jewish-Israeli and Arab-Israeli students have performed a Minds In Motion experience for their families and schools. The result is inspiring.

More than 70 artists and guests from Israel will travel to Virginia for Art For Understanding this month. This collaboration and cultural exchange connects students from Minds In Motion in Virginia with Matter of Color, a group of artists from Israel.

As part of this exchange, Matter of Color artists created a special exhibition of more than 100 paintings tied to the theme of empathy and understanding. The paintings are now available for bid. Through March 15, the artwork view may be viewed online or at several locations throughout Virginia. Four pieces of art are currently on display in the Cardo of the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus.

To learn more about Art For Understanding and its related events or to explore and bid on a painting, visit All proceeds from the auction and related events will support the Minds In Motion programs throughout Virginia, as well as the Jewish and Arab communities in Israel.

Art For Understanding is sponsored by Binns of Williamsburg and the Virginia Israel Advisory Board.

About Matter of Color

Headed up by their instructor and curator, Bruria Hassner of Tel Aviv, Matter of Color artists have been painting together for more than two decades. The group comprises approximately 120 women and a few men who paint together several times a week and explore a variety of themes through their art. The painters have traveled on A Matter of Colors missions throughout the world, benefitting children in places such as China and Bulgaria.

About Minds In Motion

Bringing the joy of movement and performance to students since 1995, Minds In Motion is the cornerstone of Richmond Ballet’s Outreach programming. Nearly 2,000 students annually are rapidly transported into the world of dance through the curriculum brought to them through professional teaching artists and musicians. The program in Israel is supported through the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Israel and Overseas allocation, through the annual campaign.