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50 STATES OF TOLERACE

50 States of Tolerance tour & educational program for middle and high school students, produced by Grammy Award Winning artist Miri Ben-Ari.

ABOUT: 50 States of Tolerance will visit 50 schools in 50 states during the 2016-2017 academic year to benefit a minimum of 150,000 students on-location with an interactive tour of a live performance, multimedia and educational program.

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Gedenk Award For Tolerance

A highly acclaimed national contest and scholarship program for middle and high school students to promote tolerance.
ABOUT: In partnership with "Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” we ask students to create original works of art or writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society.

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50 STATES OF TOLERACE

50 States of Tolerance tour & educational program for middle and high school students, produced by Grammy Award Winning artist Miri Ben-Ari.

ABOUT: 50 States of Tolerance will visit 50 schools in 50 states during the 2016-2017 academic year to benefit a minimum of 150,000 students on-location with an interactive tour of a live performance, multimedia and educational program.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

This program offers a creative way to promote tolerance in schools: music has the power to inspire, connect and open people's mind, it makes a message absorbable. students are more likely to respond and take an action when they are being inspired!

BENEFITS AND GOALS:

  • Transforming young students’ attitude towards tolerance with a an unforgettable experience of live performance and class activity.
  • A uniques opportunity to promote tolerance and ethnic understanding in schools across the nation, accept our cultural differences and prevent bullying in schools.
  • Broadening the conversation around tolerance by creating unique content to be shared via social media and in all media outlets.
  • Program to provide Measurable results based on student attendance, schools studies, surveys, online shares, viewers, posts and discussions.

PROGRAM TIMELINE:

Program will run along with the school calendar year.

WHAT WE NEED:

  • A gym or auditorium are ideal.
  • Schools that are committed to promote tolerance.

GEDENK AWARD FOR TOLERANCE

A highly acclaimed national contest and scholarship program for middle and high school students to promote tolerance.

ABOUT: In partnership with "Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” we ask students to create original works of art or writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society.

THE AWARD: Gedenk anonymously chooses six young artists and writers that are selected to win national medals and prizes of $1,000 each. Our national award-winning teens from across the country are awarded with a “dream trip” to New York City in June for a national celebration series of events in their honor, including an award ceremony at Carnegie Hall and a special filmed interview with Gedenk.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Appalled by studies showing that over 50% of high school students in America don't know what the Holocaust is, the “Gedenk Award for Tolerance” promotes tolerance utilizing cultural outlets such as music, art and writing in order to connect to the young generation and show that our past is relevant to our future. Gedenk's founders are second and third generation Holocaust survivors that established Gedenk realizing that there is an urgent need for a different approach to promote tolerance.

BENEFITS AND GOALS:

  • Promoting tolerance and ethnic understanding to prevent bullying in schools and accept our cultural differences
  • Providing equal opportunities to all students in all communities
  • Fighting ignorance by educating about the history of the Jewish Holocaust and other genocides
  • Encouraging artistic self-expression via the arts
  • Celebrating diversity, unique identity and ethnic heritage

PROGRAM TIMELINE:

The Gedenk Award for Tolerance runs for the programmatic cycle of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, beginning in August 2015 and at the Awards’ National Ceremony in June 2016.

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS: In the past three years we received an unprecedented amount of about 12,000 submissions which showed us that many young people today are passionate about promoting tolerance, diversity and ethnic understanding.

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GEDENK DANCE FOR TOLERANCE


“Gedenk Dance for Tolerance” is a social dance program in Jersey City public schools, promoting tolerance to the youth in a diverse community. The program, designed for second through eighth grade students, utilizes the language of ballroom dance to teach students tolerance, respect and discipline through dance styles and cultures such as Tango, Rumba, Viennese Waltz, Swing, Salsa, etc. along with introductions to their cultural backgrounds, music and costumes. This program is made possible by a unique collaboration between the Gedenk Movement, award-winning dancer and owner of Hudson Dance Studio Jevgeni Davidov, and the city of Jersey City which is committed to serving its diverse community while promoting tolerance.

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GEDENK AWARD FOR TOLERANCE

We partnered with “Scholastic Arts & Writing Award” to present The Gedenk Award for Tolerance. We asked middle and high school students create original works of art or writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides, with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society. We received an unprecedented amount of over 2,500 submissions in our first year (2014) and doubled that amount with over 5,000 submissions in only our second year (2015). We choose six young artists and writers from across the country to win medals and prizes of $1,000 each, invite them to attend the award ceremony in Carnegie Hall, New York City in June and participate in a special interview with the Gedenk team. Miri Ben-Ari and Gedenk would like to congratulate our winning teens!

2015 Gedenk Award for Tolerance Winning Works

    • John Legend

      Ella Corwin: “One”,

      Mixed Media. Grade 8, Age 13, Northshore Christian Academy, Everett, WA.

    • Miri Ben-Ari

      Lilianna Harris: “Legs”,

      Photography. Grade 11, Age 16, American Heritage School: Plantation Campus, Plantation, FL.

    • Zoe Saldana

      Jo de Waal: “Let Light In”,

      Personal Essay/Memoir. Grade 10, Age 15, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT.

    • Donna Summer

      Candace Seeger: “Victory.1”,

      Ceramics & Glass. Grade 12, Age 16, Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA.

    • John Legend

      Mya Nunnally: “A House of Leaves Moments Before the Wind”,

      Poetry. Age 16, Grade 11, Red Bank Regional HSl, Little Silver, NJ. Gedenk Award for Tolerance with Honors!

    • Miri Ben-Ari

      Lisa Qian: “Squint”

      Personal Essay/Memoir. Grade 12, Age 17, Home School, Ann Arbor, MI.

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