The Empathy Projects are a unique way for high school students to gain an authentic understanding of a historical event (such as 9/11 or the Holocaust) by creatively engaging with individuals from a range of communities that lived through it. Over a series of sessions, students use visual, musical, and aural artistic practices to capture, examine, reflect, and question how these individuals’ diverse lived experiences shaped their perspectives in the aftermath of the historical event. Students delve into causal relationships in history and examine how a community processes collectively, gaining a broad understanding of the event’s historical context and long-term impact. The Empathy curriculum is developed alongside US History teachers who advise on core standards and facilitate preparation for this arts-infused history experience.
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Empathy 2021 in was made possible in part by Litchfield Bancorp and Torrington Savings Bank.