Assets and Amenities of the Project Site
Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix’s arts and culture district, at 122 E. Culver Street, our site provides a tremendous venue for the We Remember: The Holocaust Art of Robert Sutz project. Some of the many cultural facilities in our immediate vicinity include: the Arizona Humanities Council, Arizona School for the Arts, the Burton Barr Phoenix Public Library, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Phoenix Center for the Arts, Margaret Hance Deck Park, the Japanese Friendship Gardens, the Irish Cultural Center, the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre, the Phoenix Trolley Museum, Arizona State University’s downtown campus, the Phoenix Convention Center, and the world-famous Heard Museum.Moreover, the project site is located along the Valley’s new light rail system, and is conveniently connected via light rail to Arizona State University’s main Tempe campus as well.
The Project's Home: The Arizona Jewish Historical Society
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society presents a unique opportunity to create a permanent home for the Robert Sutz collection. The society currently owns and operates the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, a museum and cultural venue located in the heart of downtown Phoenix’s arts and culture district. Completed in 2010, the center consists of the restored site of Phoenix’s original synagogue building (Temple Beth Israel – built in 1921) as well as additional buildings and property. Our goal is to create a home for the Robert Sutz collection on the campus of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Arizona’s Jewish communities and to educating the public about Jewish history and life. The society currently sponsors a series of highly successful programs pertaining to Jewish history and culture, including the Holocaust. It hosts regular public exhibitions, a monthly documentary film series, monthly book discussion group, lectures, seminars, genealogy research, and a large community archive. In addition, the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center has become a major venue for private special events. All together, the society receives approximately 10,000 visitors each year. These include people of all races and religions, with a special effort made to reach out beyond our local Jewish community to promote awareness of diversity and mutual understanding between people of all backgrounds.
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society seeks to expand its focus and reach out to a greater demographic by adding a significant Holocaust-related component in the work of Robert Sutz. Because many of the subjects of Sutz’ work are Arizona residents, the project provides a unique opportunity to preserve the history of this important segment of Arizona’s Jewish community, and to make their stories available to the general public here in our state. A key aspect of our project will be to stress the Arizona connections to this devastating world event, and to connect on a personal level with Arizonans of all races and religions.