stimulating, promoting and producing the next generation of Jewish Expression 2011 Programming Accomplishments This year KFAR

Jewish Arts Center reached presented or promoted 22 contemporary Jewish music and culture events, highlighting our heritage in concerts, classes and festival programs. We enriched understanding and appreciation of the Jewish people's contributions to the world for over 5,500 audience members. 20 ensembles graced the stage for us with nearly 230 performers altogether. We ensured a Jewish voice in the city's cultural institutions, working with the Chicago Cultural Center, Ars Viva Symphony, the Chicago World Music Festival and over a dozen beloved area arts and music venues. KFAR presented the amazing diversity of our cultures through the genres of rock, hip-hop, symphonic, comedy, folk, classical choral, musical theatre, opera, jazz, world, steampunk, Latino, Sephardic or Klezmer and in ten languages including English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, French, Ladino, Polish, Ukranian, Russian and Arabic. Our programs were repeatedly written up in the critical press, many being "Critics' Picks" including two Chicago Sun-Times Weekend section cover stories. In short, KFAR Jewish Arts Center has become the Chicago area's leading presenter of Jewish arts and music programs. You may have witnessed some of these dazzling events yourself, but you needn't attended one to understand KFAR Jewish Arts Center's undeniable impact. Throughout the year, KFAR presented nearly two dozen opportunities to experience the wonder and while other organizations bombarded you with donation requests, we presented programs. We haven't asked for a dime all year. But now, we do need your help. KFAR Jewish Arts Center relies heavily on the generous contributions from individuals to continue enriching our community at this impressive level. Like most non-profit arts organizations, we have learned to stretch every dollar to maximize value. Our ticket revenue from events, however, barely meets program expenses and despite our successes, the lingering effects of an recent economic downturn make your support all the more important. Your generous year-end gift or annual membership at the Sustaining Level and higher allows KFAR Jewish Arts Center its important work of presenting and promoting throughout the region. Starting at $180 annually, you can share in making an impact for the preservation and advancement of Jewish arts, music and culture for all to enjoy for years to come. In 2011, KFAR Jewish Arts Center reached a new zenith, with a full season of programming whose highlights included: • A total of 22 events produced and promoted, including festivals, concerts, lectures and workshops • Presentation at over 13 different venues throughout the Chicago region in the city and suburbs • Performances by over 20 ensembles comprised of nearly 300 musicians, educators and artists • Genre mix of Opera, Rock, Hip Hop, Klezmer, Comedy, Symphonic, Steampunk, Latin, Sephardic, Jazz & Musicals • A total compiled audience of over 5500 event attendees averaging 250 attendees per event KFAR Jewish Arts Center 2011 programs garnered significant press coverage: • Sun Times - Vagabond Opera (Weekend Magazine Cover Story) • Sun Times - Jewmongous (Weekend Magazine Cover Story) • Chicago Tribune - Jewmongous (Weekend Arts Feature) • Sun Times - Gerard Edery Ensemble for Chicago World Music Festival • Chicago Reader - Golem Critics Pick • Time Out Chicago - Pitom (Critics Pick) • Time Out Chicago - Golem (Critics Pick) • Time Out Chicago - Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour (Featured Story) • Chicago Jewish News - Fall Seaon Preview (Cover Story) • Gozamos - Nuriya for Chicago World Music Festival event • Time Out Chicago - Light the Night w/ Even Sh’Siyah (Holiday Event Guide Pick)

Over the course of the year, KFAR Jewish Arts Center presented events at a variety of Chicago’s best arts and music venues: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts * Theatre Building Chicago * Chicago Cultural Center * Reggies Rock Club * Uncommon Ground * Skokie Theatre * Mayne Stage * Schubas * Martyrs and more!

KFAR Jewish Arts Center partnered with important Chicago area cultural institutions, including: • Chicago World Music Festival • Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra • Chicago Cultural Center

While ticket revenue offsets a significant amount of KFAR Jewish Arts Center’s programmatic expenses, our organization’s ongoing operations rely heavily on the generosity of our community partners. Underwriting by corporate partners, private foundations and individual donors make it possible for KFAR to continue presenting Jewish arts and cultural events throughout our region. The generosity of our donors ensures our ability to advocate and promote the Jewish voice within Chicago’s community of cultural institutions and organizations. KFAR is Hebrew for village. Be part of ours this year and support your Jewish culture this year with a tax-deductible gift. Please consider making a year-end, tax deductible gift to KFAR Jewish Arts Center, or join the growing number of sustaining members making an annual gift to the organization:

KFAR Jewish Arts Center is Chicago's leading year-round presenter of contemporary Jewish arts, music and culture programs. The organization that stimulates, promotes and produces the next generation of Jewish expression through advocacy for the Jewish voice in Chicago cultural institutions and its own public venue presentations. Hebrew for village, KFAR unites artists and audiences around vibrant celebrations of our heritage to create alternative conduits to community, connect to surrounding cultures and inspire investigations of identity by those exploring it through their craft.

Annual Sustaining Membership Form (Dr. / Mr. / Ms. / Mrs.) Name Address Email Audience Level Producer Level Other Gift Credit Card Number City Phone $180 annually / $15 monthly Conductor Level $720 annually / $60 monthly Founders Circle _____________ _______________ $360 annually / $30 monthly $1,200 annually / $100 monthly St Zip

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As a sustaining member, you authorize KFAR Jewish Arts Center to debit the above amount from your account either annually or monthly as indicated until you inform us otherwise. KFAR Jewish Arts Center is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation and has been determined a charitable organization under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Contributions made to the organization are tax-deductible.

Mail this completed form to KFAR Jewish Arts Center, PO Box 6334 Vernon Hills, Chicago 60061 Thank you for your ongoing support!

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