The Wall of Respect Journey
A Traveling Wall
The Wall has enjoyed a great run in the past six months. Most conspicuously, the Wall received the highest honor awarded by the Jewish Community Centers of North America Association, the Zahav (“gold”) award for a Program of Excellence in the category of Arts + Culture.
And, like a busy gnome, it’s been traveling a lot! Here are just a few places it has been:
InterUrban ArtHouse, Tangled Roots Festival, Source and Synchronicities, The Dialogue Institute, The Dole Institute, UMKC - School of Allied Health and Attebury Student Success Center, the Seven Days program at KC Public Library Plaza branch.
Currently, the wall has been experienced by 1288 people! It will soon be headed to The Community Christian Church, Brookdale Senior Living Facility, Lakewood Hospital, TMC Main Hospital, and Crossroads Behavioral Health.
Have a venue that you think "The Wall" would be great at? Contact Jill Maidhof at 913.327.8077.
Community members converged on The J August 9, 2019, for the grand reveal. The creators - artists, educators, and story circle participants spoke about the process - telling their communities story and then how those stories were transcribed into this piece of art. Community members who were not involved in the open paint sessions were invited to contribute to the ever-changing landscape of the interactive installation and enjoy the multi-cultural foods provided by the communities incorporated in the Yurt.
A Work in Progress
During this journey of celebrating diversity through the arts, we have made new friends and new discoveries. Here is a photo catalog of how we got to this point of our journey. (Click any photo to view larger)
During the month of June 2017, author and national arts advocate Arlene Goldbard led structured sessions during which members of each community, and then all the communities together, will share personal stories about how, when and why they are proud of their ethnic heritage. Notes from these sessions will tell our lead artists what to include on the murals. (Click any photo to view larger)