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