Art & the Holocaust

The IHE invites middle school art teachers to participate in an annual Holocaust-related project.

In order to build knowledge of the Holocaust and the role of art during that period of history, teachers attend a professional development workshop presented by the IHE. Participating teachers then share this information with their students during at least one full class period of Holocaust background study before commencing with the visual art portion of the project. Suggested projects are literature-inspired murals, an artifact collage, or a charcoal portrait of a victim of the Holocaust or of someone who has a shared life experience. Upon completion, students prepare a written reflection on the project. The IHE provides curriculum resources for each project and a stipend to be used for art supplies.

The Art & the Holocaust project culminates each year in an exhibit of art work in the gallery at the Jewish Community Center along with a reception for the artists, their parents, and their teachers.  Local Holocaust survivors are also present.

 For more information about the project, please contact Donna Walter: