Leventhal Artists Program


The Leventhal Fund

The Leventhal Fund was established by Aaron and Beth Leventhal at the Columbus Jewish Foundation in 1996. The Fund supports outstanding programs and services in Columbus. It is a living memorial to Aaron’s parents, Jack and Rosalyn Horwitz, his brother Harold, and his nephew Jacob Leventhal Joucovsky.

The Leventhal Artists Program

Program History

Aaron and Beth Leventhal initiated the Leventhal Artists Program in 2006 in an effort to stimulate exceptional artistic expression at the Ohio State University and throughout the Columbus community. Bringing outstanding people to the campus is Aaron Leventhal’s way of giving back to the university. During its early years, the Leventhal Artists Program focused on artist excellence in theatre. Over the past eight years, the program has grown immensely. Previously featured artists boast successful careers in an array of artistic fields. In the past three years the Leventhal Artists Program has shifted its focus to documentary filmmaking.

The Leventhal Artists Program, in collaboration with a number of Ohio State University departments and institutions, has previously brought to campus Emily Mann, playwright and artistic director of Princeton University’s McCarter Theatre; Louisville playwright Nancy Gail-Clayton; award-winning director, playwright, and producer James Levin; filmmaker and installation artist Dani Leventhal; Rosaly DeMarios Roffman, internationally acclaimed poet and writer; and documentary filmmaker Rachel Loube.

The Leventhal Artists Program is presented in partnership with the Columbus Jewish Foundation, Hillel at OSU, OSU Film Studies, OSU Department of Art, OSU Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

2017 Leventhal Artists Program

Visiting Artist: Oded Hirsch
Israeli filmmaker & photographer
In partnership with the 13th Annual Oded was born and raised on Kibbutz Affkim. He has Bachelor of Design and Education from the NB School of Design in Israel and a Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. The New York Times “Mesmerizing video art communicates urgency and dedication.” The Voice “his films are beguiling and they offer Poignant visions, grand and small, of spiritual fulfillment.”

Visiting Artist: Jim Burnstein

Director of Screen writing Program, Department of Screen Art and Cultures, University of Michigan
Jim earned his BA and MA in English from the University of Michigan. After successfully writing a screenplay Renaissance Man that became a major Hollywood hit directed by Penny Marshall and starring Danny DeVito, he returned to his alma mater in 1995 to build one of America’s top screen writing programs. His screen credits also include Love and Honor. Scripts in the works include Naked Shakespeare, The Palio, and The Matai, featuring American football in Samoa. 
For more information on the history of the Leventhal Artists Program, visit here.
For a list of organizers, committee, and patrons, vist here.