The primary goal of Art and Remembrance's educational programs is to open the minds of school-age children to the powerful experiences of victims of social injustice, as narrated through art. Through guided study on the works of A&R artists, students will be encouraged to reflect upon and gain a greater understanding of important issues such as cultural diversity, prejudice, the Holocaust, and other historical and contemporary manifestations of racism. Through the study of narrative art, A&R also seeks to empower children to share their own stories, and to learn about various techniques that will enable them to do so through art.
A&R has partnered with educators at two elementary schools where
Esther's story and art served as inspiration for students exploring themes such as:
- Narrative through art
- Holocaust and social justice, including issues such as prejudice and violence
- Identity and framing the individual
- Agency and empowerment of the storyteller and artist
- Fabric art technique
The Hero Project was undertaken by 5th Grade students at
Hunter College Elementary School who wrote and illustrated
a story about a family member who had displayed hero qualities. Their
stories and art are exhibited in the
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Hero Project Narrative Writing Unit Teachers Guide and Art Unit Lesson Plan for delivery by email.
Stories of Perseverance, about family members who did
not give up when faced with adversity, were created by students at
Bailey's Elementary, an urban multi-cultural magnet school.
The students produced cloth story pictures to illustrate the often poignant stories they wrote overcoming hardships.
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Stories of Perseverance lesson plan.
A&R educational materials are designed to accompany the exhibited work of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, Fabric of Survival - The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and help students develop a deeper appreciation of tolerance, social justice and peace. Educators and students should request the Fabric of Survival Educator Guide and Student Questions for a guided exploration of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz' art and story.