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Wisdom Exchange, a multi-community art installation will be on view in our very own Annex Gallery! From March 26 to May 22nd, enjoy vessels of clay containing shared and lived experiences written for future generations.

“Who is wise? One who learns from every person.” Wisdom of the Sages, Pirkei Avot 4:1

Artist Shirah Rubin invites individuals and groups to come together, reflect, articulate what we have learned, and transform that wisdom into art. How is wisdom transmitted? How are we both receivers and givers of wisdom? Each participant’s wisdom will be collected, shared, aggregated, and acknowledged by others.

Inspired by the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered in ceramic jars after centuries of preservation, artist Shirah Rubin guides participants in writing Wisdom Letters to future generations. Participants create vessels of clay to preserve and share their lived experiences. All of the jars and Wisdom Letters will be collected and loaned anonymously for an art installation as well as a digital archive (Now + Later – Wisdom Archive). Together, this installation will exhibit the collective wisdom of the greater Boston community.  This project is partially funded by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston.”

Brookline Arts Center’s exhibits and events are free and open to the public. In other words: bring your friends and family! This is an exhibition you won’t want to miss.


Submit a Wisdom Letter to the Wisdom Exchange Digital Archive!

What is an ethical value that you cherish and want to impart to loved ones and the next generation? Why do you feel it is essential for that value to be transmitted to future generations?

Share your letter here now!

Find more information about the Wisdom Exchange Project here.



This project is also supported by: