The Arts Initiative

Launched in September 2009, the Arts Initiative aims at re-inventing the role of the arts in education of the Holocaust and social justice issues. The effort spans all media, unconstrained by venue or program, and reaches out to a diverse cultural community. Among its goals are to make the arts part of an experience of every student, teacher and visitor, and to promote other ways of understanding and acting in the world.

Artists-in-Residence Program welcomes applications from visual artists, performing artists, musicians and designers examining the role of the arts in Holocaust and social justice issues at the Center. Individuals will lecture and participate in community events. Please visit our website to learn more about our current Artists-in-Residence: MOTYL Chamber Ensemble

Upcoming Events

But When We Started Singing:
Inspired by the Life and Works of Primo Levi

Sunday, March 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

A performance inspired by the life and works of Primo Levi, conceived and performed by Bob Spiotto, Artistic Director, Community Arts Program at Hofstra University. Musical accompaniment and original composition by Herb Brandensten.

But When We Started Singing is comprised of literary excerpts, inspiring music, imagery, interviews and poetry. This unique theatrical collage pays tribute to a man who became the conscience of a nation and an icon of the international human rights movement.

By reservation only. Please RSVP 718-281-5770
No one will be admitted without a reservation.

On February 14, 1944, Primo Levi, a young Italian chemist, was taken to the Auschwitz death camp and became known as 174517. His work, Survival in Auschwitz, is a searing rendition of his struggle for survival.

"Nothing belongs to us anymore. They have taken away our clothes, our shoes, even our hair. We are more than stripped bare - we are naked as worms. If we speak, they will not listen and if they listen they will not understand."

This work is comprised of literary excerpts, inspiring music and imagery, interviews and poetry in both Italian and English.

Robert Spiotto conceived, directed and performs in this project. Herb Bradenton provided the original compositions and the musical accompaniment.


Zalmen Moltek
Director, National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene

Mir Gedenken–We Remember

A program of Yiddish songs from the vibrant life of Jews in Eastern Europe, before, during, and after the war Starring Zalmen Mlotek and Avram & Elisha Mlotek

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 1 PM
at the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Admission: $10:00
For Tickets: Contact 718-281-5770.


The Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble

Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble will perform selections from its two most recent albums, Celebrations and A Fresh Take. The performance will include contemporary interpretations of traditional Judaic melodies and several original compositions, including Remembrance, a piece especially composed by Heritage Ensemble founder/leader, Eugene Marlow, for this occasion. It is based upon his aunt's recollection of Kristallnacht in Leipzig.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 1:00 P.M.

Admission by reservation only.
RSVP: 718-281-5770

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