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Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh Exhibit
October 7, 2023 - November 21, 2023
Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh, is a landmark community project centered on the valuable lessons of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Over the course of two months, through educational and cultural programs, this unique project will use lessons of the Holocaust to demonstrate humanity’s amazing ability to rebound from even the darkest depravity. The centerpiece of this project will be an exhibit of stringed instruments that were played by Jewish prisoners in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. This exhibit will be free to the public and housed at the Posner Center on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. There, trained docents will facilitate an understanding of the role that music played in the life of prisoners, whether as a mechanism for survival, mental escape, or even resistance. The mere existence of each instrument merits a story of hope and survival. Together, we are tuning out prejudice and building bridges that last.
Over the course of two months, through educational and cultural programs and exhibits, this unique project will, through lessons of the Holocaust, demonstrate humanity’s amazing ability to rebound from even the darkest depravity. The centerpiece of this event is the Violins of Hope Exhibit, which showcases violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Each instrument has a unique emotional history that tells a story of perseverance and hope.
Pittsburgh has long been known as the City of Bridges, with a multitude of these unique and colorful structures that connect our communities and our diverse backgrounds. These connectors have enabled us to come together to celebrate our shared cultural, educational, social, and vocational activities.
How better to underscore these sharedvalues than through a landmark collaboration of the arts, religious institutions, community organizations, education professionals, and musicians. Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh will present impactful programming throughout our community, reinforcing the valuable lessons of diversity, equity, and inclusion that are essential to our future.