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Teaching the Holocaust Through Art

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ShimoozA
Sat, 9 Dec 1995 11:38:56 -0500


Dear fellow arts educators, administrators, college instructors, supervisors,
& students,
I have been teaching secondary level art for nearly 25 years. For the
past ten years, the Holocaust has been offered as an elective by the Social
Studies Department in the high school where I am presently teaching.
In most areas of the country, however, electives in Holocaust studies
are not readily offered. Unfortunately, there is a general ignorance of the
Holocaust in all its phases among the public. Traditional treatment of the
Holocaust in high school texts has been superficial at best, despite the fact
that the Holocaust resulted in the mass murder of millions of people...
I believe, as do most of my colleagues, that young people must
understand the Holocaust and the phenomenal impact which that event has had
on their world and on themselves. They must comprehend why such events occur
and how they can be prevented from happening in the future. i.e. Bosnia.
Moreover, they must fully understand the significance which issues of
conscience and moral judgment have in their lives..
For the past 3 years, I 've been assisting my social studies colleagues
with their Holocaust program mainly as an arts facilitator. While operating
in this capacity, I have developed some art-related activities which are
employed from time to time to give many high school students unfamiliar with
the Holocaust an opportunity to reflect on what the Holocaust was and what it
teaches them about themselves and about humanity.
I am now writing a grant proposal so that I may continue to develop and
implement my arts-related curriculum on the Holocaust.
I plan to capture on videotape art lessons and art activities that
relate to the Holocaust curriculum as it is used within the school district
where I am presently teaching art.
But I need funding!
Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations as to how I might
acquire funding for my project. Does the Getty Foundation support such an
endeavor? And, how might I go about tapping into this resource?
Benefit to art education:
My videotape of art lessons and art-related activities dealing with the
Holocaust can be used by art educators in high school painting, drawing,
advertising design, and advanced- placement art classes, as well as high
school social studies classes as part of an interdisciplinary program to
facilitate the introduction of specific lessons dealing with prejudice,
racism, stereotyping, pluralism, cultural diversity, genocide, or the
disintegration of civilized values.
IF YOU CAN OFFER ANY INFORMATION OR WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT IN ANY WAY, PLEASE
SEND E-MAIL TO ME DIRECTLY AT: ShimoozA
Thanks you, Marc S., New York