Conference Urges Community Centers to Develop Jewish Cultural Arts

There is a need for the Jewish Community Center to be a dynamic force for the development of Jewish cultural arts in the community, the first conference of the National Jewish Welfare Board on Programming with the Arts agreed here.

The 131 participants also agreed that the center should create and present programs in music, dance, drama and the graphic arts. The attending center presidents, executive directors, cultural arts committee members, center program staff members and arts specialists heard a message from August Hecksher, President Kennedy’s Special Consultant on the Arts.

Asserting that “strong and widely supported cultural institutions are among the greatest needs in the United States,” Mr. Hecksher said that because the Jewish community center “is so effective in encouraging individual creativity through the arts and because it provides audiences for the appreciation of works of art in all fields, it has a unique opportunity to further the cultural development of our country as a whole.” He added that the Jewish center, in its efforts, “to encourage the distinctive Jewish cultural heritage,” was “adding to the flowering of the arts of all people in America.”

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