Last year, the Art Department piloted a holocaust remembrance project called the Butterfly Project. The basis of this international project is Holocaust education, combined with the creation of ceramic butterflies in remembrance of the 1.5 million children that died in the Holocaust. During this pilot, 25 butterflies were made.
The Art Department is getting ready to launch a holocaust remembrance initiative called the Butterfly Project.
The basis of this international project is Holocaust education, combined with the creation of ceramic butterflies in remembrance of the 1.5 million children that died in the Holocaust.
Our initiative will have two components.
On Wednesday, February 28, we will have a reverse activity day to listen to Holocaust Survivor, Sonia Goldstein, tell her experience during the Holocaust. This speaker will be the preliminary inspiration for those planning to help glaze clay butterflies. We anticipate 500+ students will attend this portion of the program.
It is our goal to create 500 clay butterflies that will be permanently installed on the exterior brick wall of the Guidance Department facing picnic tables.
On March 1-2, the Art Department will be creating glaze designs on clay butterflies (we will pre-make butterflies prior to this event). We anticipate approximately 425 butterflies to be made in art classes. While students are working on these creations, we will have available brief bios (provided by the butterfly project) of children that died during the Holocaust so that students have another opportunity to connect with the meaning behind the project.
On March 1, afterschool, we will hold a workshop for any students not in art classes, to create a butterfly.