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The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh partnership with local libraries to provide a creative, educational and engaging activity for kids to learn about tolerance and inclusion across the region this summer:
 
WHO
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh has been awarded $50,000 from the Heinz Endowments to partner with the Allegheny County Library Association to continue the Butterfly Project in the Pittsburgh region. 
 
WHAT and WHEN
Starting June 15 through August 8, the Holocaust Center is partnering with the Allegheny County Library Association to offerpainting sessions for the Butterfly Project at 17 libraries throughout Allegheny County. 
Families and kids participating in the Butterfly Project will learn about children who died in the Holocaust and receive a card with the story of a specific child. The participants will then paint a butterfly, perhaps inspired by the story of that child. As we learn about children lost in the Holocaust, we will challenge the community to embrace difference and to fight against bigotry and intolerance happening now. We will also offer support to children and families in underserved areas of the city. 
 
WHERE
Seventeen libraries in the following locations: Whitehall, Braddock, Moon Township, South Fayette, Baldwin Borough, McKees Rocks, Pleasant Hills, Wilkinsburg, Mt. Lebanon, Sewickley, Monroeville, Forest Hills, Bridgeville, Upper St. Clair, Clairton, and Gibsonia.
 
WHY/HOW
The completed butterflies will be displayed in participating libraries as part of a city-wide exhibit, and there will also be a free end-of-summer celebration to bring together all participants in the project. There is no cost to participate in the program.
Contact participating libraries for event details.
 
CONTACT
Jennifer Faines (PR for the Holocaust Center)
412-559-2860
 
 

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh Wins Funding From Heinz Endowments for Butterfly Project

 

The Butterfly Project honors child victims of the Holocaust through education, the arts and memorial making.

Pittsburgh, PA – The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh has been awarded $50,000 from the Heinz Endowments to partner with the Allegheny County Library Association to continue the Butterfly Project in the Pittsburgh region.

The Butterfly Project, a San Diego-based initiative, has established an international effort to paint one butterfly for each of the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust. The Holocaust Center, a self-funded affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, first brought the Project to the region in Spring 2017. In the last iteration, the Holocaust Center facilitated the painting of 870 butterflies with 20 groups of all ages and various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The butterflies were then incorporated into two original art pieces; one is on permanent display at the Holocaust Center, while the other is a travelling piece.

Participants in the Butterfly Project learn about children who died in the Holocaust and receive a card with the story of a specific child. The participants then paint a butterfly, inspired by the story of that child. As they teach about children lost in the Holocaust, Holocaust Center educators also challenge the community to embrace difference and to fight against bigotry and intolerance happening now. The Center and libraries also offer support to children and families in underserved areas of the city. The completed butterflies will be displayed in participating libraries as part of a city-wide exhibit, and there will be a free end-of-summer celebration to bring together all participants in the project. 

 “The Butterfly Project gives us an opportunity to use Holocaust History to discuss loss and grief, while using the power of art to maintain a sense of hope, ” says Lauren Bairnsfather, Director of the Holocaust Center. “Last year, the project helped us build relationships with schools across the region and groups like the Latino Family Center and Friendship Circle. By bringing the project to neighborhood libraries, we will reach an audience that is representative of the diversity of our beautiful city.”

To learn more about the upcoming painting schedule, visit http://hcofpgh.org/library-butterfly-project/.

About the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

Established in 1980, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh (http://hcofpgh.org) was created by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh as a living memorial and a comprehensive resource center to help people throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia learn about the Holocaust and to help counter intolerance and hate in all its forms. Through education, events and programming, the Center engages with other organizations, schools, individuals, and institutions to convey the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust and to inspire people to act when they see injustice.

 

About the Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Core to our work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.

 

About the Allegheny County Library Association

The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is a federated library system of 46 public libraries delivering service in more than 70 locations. Member Libraries include the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, which has 19 locations, and 45 other libraries and their branches located outside the City of Pittsburgh throughout Allegheny County.

 

About the Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project was co-founded in 2006 by educator Jan Landau and artist Cheryl Rattner Price. Jan and Cheryl started this as an initiative at San Diego Jewish Academy 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. The project draws on inspiration from The Diary of Anne Frank, the poem The Butterfly written during the Holocaust, and the documentary film Paper Clips. At this time, The Butterfly Project is now a global memorial with over 200 communities counting together, including Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia, France, Tanzania, Cuba, Morocco and Poland.New Page

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