NOT The Last Butterfly – Film Screening and Art Creation with The Butterfly Project
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Location: San Diego History Center
Tickets: $5; includes two (2) ceramic butterflies and one film screening
In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) and in conjunction with SDHC’s exhibition on the history & heritage of San Diego’s Jewish community, join us for a powerful call to action through the arts, using the lessons of the Holocaust, to discuss the dangers of hatred and bigotry. Led by Cheryl Rattner Price, Co-Founder and Executive Director of San Diego-based The Butterfly Project, timely and family-oriented event will include:
- Film screening of: “NOT the Last Butterfly” (film is suitable for 5th grade & older)
- Painting ceramic butterflies
- Painted butterfly installation and scavenger hunt
- Special presentation: “Our Families: Stories of Survival” from The Butterfly Project Education Team
The event will be held on Sunday, January 28th, 11-3 pm at the San Diego History Center. Following the film attendees will create their ceramic butterflies and complete additional activities.
1:30 – 2:35 film screening: NOT the Last Butterfly (5th grade and up) Younger kids= Story hour, 3 live book readings* in the Family area on compassion and courage
2:35 – 2:50: Painting ceramic butterflies
2:50 – 3:10: Display your butterfly in the exhibition after completing a scavenger hunt
3:15 – 3:45: Special presentation: “Our Families: Stories of Survival” from The Butterfly Project Education Team
3:45 – 4:00: Painting ceramic butterflies
$5 for materials fee (includes 2 ceramic butterflies) and movie.
Space is limited. Registration is required to ensure a seat for the film and activity.
NOT The Last Butterfly tells the inspiring tale of The Butterfly Project, a grass roots San Diego arts and education initiative that memorializes the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust through global displays of ceramic butterflies… one butterfly painted for each child. The Butterfly Project’s messages of hope and healing are woven together with survivors’ courageous stories of these dark times, including a little-known story of the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where a young Ela Weissberger was imprisoned as a child. Now a survivor in her eighties, Ela reveals how she and other children were given the strength to endure the Holocaust by an artist and teacher who helped them express the trauma of their experiences through art. Both a moving account of survival and a lesson in the healing power of art working its magic again, NOT The Last Butterfly offers young and old alike a new way to find hope in one of history’s great tragedies and empowers all of us to take action to create a more peaceful world.
About The Butterfly Project
The Butterfly Project’s is a global education and arts program whose mission is to paint and display 1.5 million ceramic butterflies to honor and remember each child killed in the Holocaust, and to foster education and awareness of the dangers of hate and bigotry, by mobilizing the global community to stand up against injustice and create a more compassionate and peaceful world. The project was co-founded in 2006 in San Diego by educator Jan Landau and artist Cheryl Rattner Price as an initiative to take Holocaust education out of the textbook and bring it to life in a way that inspires students to make the world a better place. As of 2016, installations totaling nearly 150,000 butterflies have been created in communities of all faiths across the United States and in such diverse countries as Israel, Mexico, Poland, Australia, Czech Republic, Canada and Argentina.
About International Holocaust Remembrance Day
The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
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