April 26, 2007
Outreach get kids in tune with Sephardic melodies
(Page 2 - Previous Page)And not just because of the music. There was the artwork as well.
Prober said that when she looked at some of the artwork the children had made, it was "heart-wrenching. One child made a map of the family's difficult travels from India to Guyana to California. Another, of Armenian background, did a drawing of the devastating earthquake in Armenia a few years back. Some drawings showed violent acts: people being shot. There was a lot of pride in their families as well. One did a drawing about his grandfather who had fought against Hitler."
The students had been asked to depict their family story. This seems to have instilled in many the notion that their own story, however painful, was a worthwhile subject for art.
These students had understood, perhaps instinctively, one of the things that this program was clearly intended to convey: that artistic creation is a way of turning pain into pride.
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