ASAP! is spearheading Empathy 2020 at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT. In collaboration with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, ASAP! is providing opportunity for teachers and students to learn about and understand different aspects of the Holocaust, which include professional development, a field trip to the museum, and a platform for creative expression.

After visiting the museum’s exhibition on Auschwitz, “Not So Long Ago And Not So Far Away,” students have the unique opportunity of working with professional artists to observe, reflect on, and respond to their experience, school curricula, and world issues through music, movement, film, and sculpture.

Today, there are fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors left to tell their story. Through Empathy 2020 these stories will be remembered and live on through participants as inspiration to make our world a better, kinder, and more loving place.

The goal of the project is to make empathy the fabric of communication throughout the school community and beyond. The project will culminate in an experiential integrative sharing connecting written and spoken word, music, movement, film, and sculpture.

Professional teaching artists include: painter/sculptor Don Bracken, who had a studio in the World Trade Center – much of his work reflects on and empathizes with tragedies of 9/11; composers/musicians Krystyana and James Ceizner, and Val Orth, and dancer/choreographer Carlye Echert are graduates of the Juilliard School, and film-maker David Fishel has screened at Lincoln Center and many numerous festivals internationally.

Empathy 2020 is funded in part by Sande Breakstone, Museum of Jewish Heritage, a grant from Connecticut Humanities, and Region 14

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.


JULY 27 - AUGUST 7, 2020

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