In Jerusalem

Let there be daylight

American Academy artists and cultural leaders develop social projects.

Dean Moss addresses a group of Jerusalem dance students at the Morasha Community Center.
Photo by: Courtesy American Academy of Jerusalem
Until October 7, Davidson Norris had never laid eyes upon the multimillion-dollar Israel Museum renovation he directed from his New York office. Norris specializes in the architectural use of daylight, a fundamental feature in the much-lauded construction completed in 2010.

“What was between my ears in envisioning how this project would look is very much what my eyes are seeing here today,” he said when entering the distinctive “Route of Passage” entranceway at the museum, on his first day in Israel for a 10-week American Academy in Jerusalem fellowship sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Culture.

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