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Entries Sought From Students for Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

Students are invited to use their creativity to express the difficult and inspiring lessons of the Holocaust in this contest from the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center.  Topics may include:

• Acts of courage and heroism
• Resistance and rescue
• The consequences of indifference
• Persecution, intolerance and injustice
• Preserving humanity in situations of great adversity
• History and lessons of the Holocaust

There will be two divisions for both the Art and Writing categories; a student may submit only one entry in each category. There are two divisions: division 1 will include grades 6–8, division 2 will include grades 9–12.

Students may write a poem, newspaper article, story, play/dialogue or essay for the writing contest. Students may create a sculpture, drawing, photograph, painting, poster, collage or 5-minute video or DVD for the art contest.  All charcoal, chalk and pastels must be treated with fixatives; for safety reasons, art (painting or sculpture) may not include real barbed wire, jagged glass or plastic.

The museum encourages teachers to use the  “Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust” provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, which are posted on their website at www.ushmm.org.

This form is required for submission: ArtWriteEntry2014.

The Last Survivor Professional Development Workshop

Hosted by The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center, Gateway Media Literacy Partners (Cooperating School Districts is an institutional member of GMLP), The Missouri Council for Social Studies, and Big Picture Instructional Design is a free professional development workshop on the film The Last Survivor on June 7th. The film follows the survivors of four genocides and mass atrocities-  The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo. The purpose of the film is for viewers to learning from the mistakes of the past in order to inform how we, an an international community, respond to similar issues today.

The event in June takes place at The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center at 12 Millstone Campus Drive in St. Louis, Missouri. From 3-6:30 p.m., participants are invited to screen the film and discuss it amongst the group. In addition, a Holocaust Survivor will be in attendance and will take questions from the audience. Lastly, classroom-ready materials will be shared with the educators.

While this event is free, space is limited (only 100 people can attend), so you must register if you’d like to attend. The film screening & discussion, along with the materials distributed, are focused for educators who teach 7th grade and up. Send any inquiries about the film itself or screening here.