RARVT has been working to preserve the North Adams Shul Mural. This unique piece of Jewish-American folk art was nearly forgotten until the 1990s, when it was discovered behind the wall of an attic crawlspace in an apartment building in North Adams, Massachusetts. The mural is an artifact of North Adams' little-known history as a center for Jewish and Eastern European culture.
RARVT's goal is to preserve the mural and display its history in a form that is open to the public. One option is to remove the mural wall and relocate it to a museum or cultural center where it can be preserved. Another option is to restore the entire shul building and open it to the public.
Either goal requires years of commitment, teams of experts, and thousands of dollars. RARVT sees its role as that of a promoter and connector. We're reaching out to historians, art preservationists, donors, and the local Jewish community to raise awareness of the mural and build a community that can help save it.
To that end, our video artists, writers, and musicians have created a short promotional video about the mural. We are expanding this into a longer informational video to use as outreach. You can like and share it from our YouTube page: