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May 18, 2004

The phone call

A call came in for Mayer yesterday. From the UJA (United Jewish Appeal). I took the message. Then I asked, "May I ask what it is about?" The answer was "He applied for a grant." It took me a second to connect the dots. "Oh," I said, "you might like to talk to me," and I introduced myself. "He was awarded the grant," she said. "The jury considers his project very important," adding, "The proposal was very well written." I smiled but didn't say anything. There will be an award ceremony on June 3 and they will send a filmmaker before then to make a little film about Mayer and his work. I mentioned the toy theatre DVD and she was interested in the possibility of including part of it. I will try to come in for the ceremony, but it will be difficult as we leave for New Zealand on June 6. Very gratifying that Mayer's work is being recognized in this way and in Toronto. The Jewish Culture Grant is really a big honor: "In its first round of awards, the council will award five grants of $5,000 each the largest amount of financial support the council has ever presented to visual artists. Eligible artists must either be Jewish or their art must have a Jewish theme." I was thrilled!

Posted by BKG at May 18, 2004 09:59 AM

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