First Annual Jerusalem Season of Culture to Launch Summer 2011

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JERUSALEM.- This summer, Jerusalem will be home to one of the most ambitious cultural projects in the history of the Israeli arts scene. Unveiled in Jerusalem by Artistic Director Itay Mautner, the Jerusalem Season of Culture (JSOC) will produce an annual artistic summer season beginning this May in full partnership with the city’s cultural institutions and in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality. The season, which is being sponsored by a new independent non-profit and supported by the Schusterman Foundation–Israel, the Jerusalem Foundation and a growing list of funders, aims to make cultural programming more accessible to a wide range of audiences, and to celebrate Jerusalem’s arts and artists in a way that reflects the city’s complexity and diversity. JSOC was formed as an initiative of the Schusterman Foundation–Israel and its founder, philanthropist Lynn Schusterman, who is closely connected to the city