Share Our Stories at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust connects students from under-resourced schools and underserved communities with Holocaust Survivors for meaningful dialogue, artifact-based learning, Museum gallery exploration, and reflective art  workshops. The program helps students find personal expression and mediation of this history through different artistic mediums, helping two generations find common ground. In addition to providing free Holocaust education and arts programming to at-risk students, we aim to bring individual stories and experiences of every student into the wider context and historical narrative of the Holocaust. Each year, the student art is exhibited in the temporary exhibit space at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, ensuring that the messages and voices of the students and Survivors are heard by Museum visitors.

Many students have been profoundly moved by getting to know a Holocaust survivor. One student wrote in a thank you note, “We are really lucky students because as [our teacher] told us we will be the last generation to be meeting the survivors and that is truly an honor. I will always have in my heart and I will be able to share the stories the survivors shared with us with the future generations.” Another student wrote, “They were so kind which was truly inspirational to me because I was able to see how after everything they had to live through they were still happy people which made me realize that it does not matter what one is put through there are always reasons to smile. “

Students from the following schools have participated in Share Our Stories since its inception in 2014: Prairie Vista Middle School, Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School, Animo Ellen Ochoa School, Animo Watts College Preparatory Academy, Locke High School, Math and Science College Preparatory, Fullerton Union High School, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Cesar Chavez Elementary School, KIPP Scholar Academy, Garfield High School, and Animo Ellen Ochoa Middle School.

Share Our Stories Project is free to participating classes through a generous grant from the Max H. Gluck Foundation.

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If you are a teacher or school administrator interested in bringing Share Our Stories to your community for the 2018-19 school year, please fill out the application below or contact Creative Programs Director Rachel Fidler at rachel@lamoth.org.