Exhibition of Creative Responses

Music, Art + Literature: Responding to Oppression Team

Do I stay or leave? 

What are the issues resulting from the choice artists make everyday living under oppression? We want to encourage discussion among social and cultural history, theatre, and music students as well as encourage thoughts about how the story of the Jüdische Kulturbund is relevant today.

We lead Workshops on Location for participants of a variety of ages on location in middle- and high-school, universities and cultural institutions, as well as  online in our virtual workshop called Connecting Classrooms.

Connecting Classrooms friends in the Nawe Osobola Mcing Project in Uganda, 2016, left. Participants on location at the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC, 2019, right.

The workshop encourages participants to

understand and appreciate the power of music and art expression to resist social injustice and oppression.

experience the ways that creative processes help to maintain a sense of both personal and group accomplishment and dignity in the face of unjust treatment.

be aware of individuals and groups in historical and contemporary settings who have continued their artistic expression under oppression and persecution.

connect to others who share common interests and issues.

Examples of art produced by teachers at our education workshop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore
on August 3, 2016, above.  (Photographs by Kaitlyn Haney, Pandxa)

The workshop is organized into three segments

A multimedia presentation about the Jewish Kulturbund in Nazi, Germany, current-day artists around the world and their music and art created in response to oppression.

An open discussion that encourages participants to consider what it means to be oppressed, to live in freedom and to find ways to respond to injustice and persecution through cultural expression.

An exercise limiting participants' freedom of speech and culture to produce music, art or literature to assert their creative expression.

WORKSHOPS ON LOCATION

We celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on Václav Havel's birthday, October 5, 2019, leading an inter-generational workshop at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC.  A special feature of the workshop was a presentation and discussion about the Czech singer and activist Marta Kubišová.  In 1968, Marta wrote "A Prayer for Martha", which became the anthem of occupied Czechoslovakia.  Marta helped lead the Velvet Revolution, singing her song from a balcony above Wenceslas Square on November 21, 1989 to thousands who had gathered below.  The Velvet Revolution restored peace and democracy to the country, which is enduring to this day.

Andy's Summer Playhouse workshop participants in New Hampshire, July 2018, above.

The Arts Institute and the Performing Arts Department at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD hosting our workshop "Make Art Not War", Arts Responses to Oppression. Students and faculty participated in our program and are featured in our highlight video, above.

Sponsored by Classrooms Without Borders and the Jewish Federation—Greater Pittsburgh, we led students from several middle- and high-schools in Pittsburgh, as shown in the highlight video, above.

We had a successful turnout of 50 teachers participating in our workshop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as revealed in our highlight video, above.

CONNECTING CLASSROOMS 

In an effort to reach people around the world, we lead workshops over Skype.  As Internet becomes more accessible and stable, we will be able to work with more participants in our workshops who can build connections with each other.

Working with participants from Nawe Osobola Mcing Project Uganda for working with us in our Connecting Classrooms Workshop in 2016.  We loved that your group included participants of all ages from 7 years old to 71!

Collaborating with Musicians for World Harmony in Ithaca, NY; the Kulturskolan at Hagfors Kommun in Hagfors, Sweden; and the Root Foundation in Kigali, Rwanda, we led a Connecting Classrooms pilot, using Skype to connect everyone remotely, as seen in the video, above.

Exhibition of Creative Responses

Music, Art + Literature: Responding to Oppression Team