The Jüdische Kulturbund Project works with education and music specialists to produce materials and engaging experiences for the classroom (primary, secondary, high-school and university curricula) as well as for Web-based and community-based educational programs.
The intention of the program is to explore issues resulting from the choice artists make everyday living under oppression. Do I stay or leave? We want to encourage discussion among social and cultural history, theatre, and music students as well as encourage thoughts about how the story the Jüdische Kulturbund is relevant today.
The goals of the program are to raise awareness, augment young people’s perception of the past, catalyze students to action, share a little-known inspirational story of the past, and to recognize contemporary mirrors perhaps within our own families, communities, and selves.
In May 2017, we will lead a “Connecting Classrooms” pilot using the education workshop curriculum developed in August 2016, as described below. Our pilot will use Skype to connect with kids in different locations, collaborating with partners from the Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax, VA, Musicians for World Harmony in Ithaca, NY; Culture School and Library in Hagfors, Sweden; and the Root Foundation in Kigali, Sweden. After this pilot, we will expand “Connecting Classrooms” in the autumn 2017 to connect with kids in Washington, DC and eventually in locations around the world, including in places where our participating artists live.
Gail Prensky and Sarah Baumgarten of The Jüdische Kulturbund Project presented and led an education workshop for middle- and high-school teachers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. The team led discussions and exercises relating to responses to oppression through music and art. In one exercise, the teachers were tasked with creating artwork under various limitations. In some cases, for example, they could not use writing utensils, or the color red, or could not use construction paper. Below are samples of their visual art responses.
Examples of art produced by teachers at our education workshop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore on August 3, 2016. (Photography credit: Kaitlyn Haney, Pandxa)