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March 7, 2017 12:59 pm

23 Artists to Visit Israel to Aid Effort to Save Diminishing Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Dead Sea. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Twenty-three artists from around the world are scheduled to visit Israel in mid-March to raise awareness for the efforts to save the evaporating Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world, is diminishing at a rate of more than a meter (3.3 feet) per year.

The initiative is the brainchild of the Ornithological Center in the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), which partnered with the Netherlands-based Artists for Nature Foundation and the Tamar Regional Council in southern Israel to promote it.

Established in 1953, the SPNI is Israel’s leading environmental nonprofit organization.

According to the SPNI’s website, the Dead Sea venture also involves collaboration with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. The 11-day event, set for March 16-27, and will involve workshops in which the artists paint portraits of the Dead Sea as well as local landscapes from both the Israeli and the Jordanian sides of the sea.

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