Seattle, WA— “How can lessons of the Holocaust inspire you to make the world a better place?” This is the question that was posed to hundreds of students in the Pacific Northwest for the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s 2015 Writing, Art, and Film Contest.
Over 700 students, in grades 5 through 12, from more than 60 schools throughout the Northwest answered in the form of poetry, fiction, painting, sculpture, drawing, and film. On June 7, the Center honored the winners at an awards ceremony.
For over 25 years the Holocaust Center for Humanity (formerly the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center) has been teaching tolerance through lessons of Holocaust and providing educational resources to teachers and community groups throughout the region. The Center offers teacher trainings, a Speakers Bureau of local Holocaust survivors, “traveling trunks,” and the Writing, Art, and Film Contest.
The contest gives students the opportunity to engage with the lessons of the Holocaust, while empowering them to explore themes of tolerance, bigotry, and compassion in their daily lives. Director of Education Ilana Cone Kennedy says, “The contest is a great way for students to connect the lessons of the Holocaust to their own lives. Through their writing and creativity, they find that their actions, even small ones, make a difference. Their work inspires all of us.”
This year, University Place local, Penny Rhines, won 1st place in Art (9th-12th). The following is an excerpt from her Artist Statement:
“The title of my piece is ‘Voiceless’. …It serves as a reminder to myself to cry out for the mistreated and forgotten, to be a voice for the voiceless.”