2014 Highlights

The Anne Frank Center USA

The Anne Frank Center USA  


Anne Frank was no stranger to self-discovery, constantly questioning herself and the world around her, but she also longed for more structure – for public libraries, for school. In our Artist-in-Residence programs, we give children in grades 3-12 the opportunity Anne Frank missed. With programs tailored to academic, social, and emotional learning goals, our residencies give students the skills they need both to reflect upon the past and incorporate the lessons learned into their own lives.

Teaching artist Shari Fischberg recently completed “The Art of Self-Discovery and Community Building,” a 16-week residency serving 10th graders in their English classes at Veritas Academy in Queens. This program uses Anne’s own arc of self-discovery in her diary as a model to help students understand the power of being themselves, to make sense of the world around them, and to set goals to fulfill their dreams to change the world. Each class focused on helping students – 115 in all – develop their reflective, expressive, and artistic skills, inspired by Anne’s experiences in hiding. Their range of projects – painting, maps, photography, self-portraiture and collage, have been created to inspire critical thinking and ignite positive change.

“Shari is an amazing person, artist, and teacher,” reports Nancy McNamara-Cuevas, the class's teacher. “The students responded extremely well to her and produced beautiful work. Shari was an excellent person to teach with. She was very accommodating and flexible and always had a wonderful positive attitude.”

For more information, please visit: http://annefrank.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/AFC-Artist-in-Residence-Programs.pdf

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