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News Release

Exhibit of Holocaust Inspired Art by Catholic Teenagers of Virginia Beach
A Creative Response to Montreal's YAYA 2007 Tour to Virginia

March 2008

Montreal, March 17, 2008 - An art exhibit, inspired by the Holocaust, was created by the students at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach and will be on display at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts at the Saidye during the run of YAYA’s No More Raisins, No More Almonds.

The public is invited free of charge to view this stirring installation
March 24 to 31, 2008.

The sculptures, drawings and community quilt were first displayed at the Sandler Centre for Performing Arts in Virginia Beach when Montreal’s YAYA - Young Actors for Young Audiences toured to Virginia in November 08.

The tour was prompted by an anti-Semitic incident at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. This incident so inflamed the city that it sparked the formation of a new organization, C.A.B. – Communities Against Bigotry and supported the YAYA tour. 5,000 Christian students and over 1,000 adults attended No More Raisins, No More Almonds and the post-performance discussions.

Robbin Brothers, the art teacher at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School writes, “The pieces in this collection are the results of the student’s reflections on the atrocities of the Holocaust… and on the horrors of the Holocaust as they were engaged in the firing process. The eerie scene of these busts in the fire were a stark reminder of the carnage in Europe.”

English Teacher, Dana St. John says, “The point of our quilt was to try to speak for those who cannot.” She had each student try to put themselves in the place of a genocide victim or survivor and present what would be this person’s message to the world. Quotes from Martin Luther King and Elie Weisel form the border of the quilt.

Mina Kupferberg, a Holocaust survivor from Montreal, was so moved by the exhibit that she, along with CAB’s chief organizer, Paula Hertzberg, arranged for its presentation in Montreal during the March 24 - 26 reprise of No More Raisins, No More Almonds. Transport was provided by Delmar Customs Brokers Ltd.

 


Three of the 'artists' of Bishop
Sullivan Catholic High School