Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project
Description: Colorado Ballet, using the arts as a springboard to convene an important community conversation about hatred and bigotry, has created Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a three-month project designed to bring Coloradans together in a united front against indifference and prejudice. It is a broad collaboration that includes local arts organizations, human rights groups, Jewish organizations, churches, schools, universities, GLBT groups, women’s organizations, African American groups, Latino organizations and other institutions that address issues such as hate, bullying, discrimination, genocide, civil rights and equality.
As a community partner, Iliff’s Diversities Program is sponsoring “5280 Knits 4 Peace” in collaboration with the Denver Public Library and Susan McKee’s (MDIV ’09) Women4Women – Knitting4Peace. “5280 Knits 4 Peace” project begins this month and continues to April 17, 2013. 5280 Knits is an inclusiveness project – a way of demonstrating care for our neighbors – and a legacy of The Light Project. The goal is to create 5,280 handmade items; the number signifies the Mile High City. Together, we will generate awareness and create hand-crafted items (knitted, crocheted) for care packages that will be delivered to women, men, teens, children and infants in areas of conflict, poverty, strife or turmoil, in our own neighborhoods and around the world.
The Light Project begins with a press conference on Jan. 15, 2013, 11:15 a.m., The Newman Center for the Performing Arts, and runs through Holocaust Remembrance Week, mid-April, 2013. Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock are honorary chairs of The Light Project.
5280 Knits 4 Peace formally launches with a reception, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Iliff’s Great Hall.
Date: Jan. 15, 11:15 a.m., press conference
The Light Project continues: January through April
Iliff projects, as a community partner of The Light Project:
- 5280 Knits 4 Peace with Denver Public Library and Susan McKee’s (MDIV ’09) Women4Women – Knitting4Peace. Click to download patterns for supporting the project. 5280 Knits 4 Peace begins with the reception, Great Hall, Jan. 23.
- Etched in Memory: The Graphic Art of the Holocaust – An exhibit of prints from the collection of Arthur Gilbert, Jan. 13-March 10, Mizel Arts & Culture Center at the JCC, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. The exhibit is an act of remembrance of the millions of Jews and others who died at the hands of Nazi killers. The etchings are compelling, authentic, and masterfully rendered. In a sense, we are all Holocaust survivors. The artists who created the dark and fearsome work in this show were not survivors in the literal sense, but they had to memorialize through their artistic visions a sense of common humanity and common sorrow, a link to the years when innocent people died for no reason. It is the hope of the exhibit that we will be joined in our understanding of this terrible story and to remember that genocide is still with us in our time.
- Social Change Praxis: Ethical and Sustainable International Development, Friday, Feb. 15, 1-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Join us for a weekend learning opportunity on social change led by Jenny Whitcher, PhD., director of the Master of Social Change Program.
Location: University of Denver, The Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Ave., Denver, 80210