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Project Tolerance: Faces
of Anne Frank
at Sidney & Berne
Davis Art Center
exhibit from March 2 till the 28th 2012, at the Sidney and Berne
Davis Art Center in Fort Myers, Florida is
“Project Tolerance: Faces of Anne Frank.” The opening night is Friday, March 2
at 6 :00. Sanibel artist Myra Roberts’s
30 original oil paintings of Anne Frank’s life took nearly two years to painstakingly
create. They depict the innocence and joy that was ultimately lost in Anne
Frank’s young life during the Holocaust. Project Tolerance has been endorsed by
Jane Goodall, and featured on National Public Radio. Due to the popularity of
the show the exhibit at the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida was
extended through February.
Frank is widely known for the diary she kept of her and her family’s lives
while hiding in an attic from the Nazis. Each finely detailed painting gives
viewers a peek inside the life and soul of one of the world’s most recognized
Holocaust victims. An exhibit catalog will be available.
Tolerance: Faces of Anne Frank,” is the focus for Roberts’s artistic and social
commentary on the intolerance and bigotry that still plagues the world today. “Art
that raises consciousness is vital,” Roberts says. “My hope is that through
this project, we can make the world a better place to live.”
Fort Myers journalist Ella Nayor is
collaborating with Roberts. Nayor’s new book, Faces of Tolerance:Everybody
Counts, details the lives of some Holocaust survivors living in Florida. The
book also features interviews with people who have been marginalized or faced
intolerance and prejudice. Included are the homeless and disabled, and victims
of homophobia and racism.
“It is my dream that through our work, we will
spark thought and enlightenment about intolerance and hatred,” Nayor says. “If
we start taking the time to see each other as people all belonging to one human
family, we can begin to live more peacefully as a planet.” Roberts and Nayor also give multimedia
educational presentations on the project.
Myra had the honor of talking with Hannah Rosenthal, U.S. Department of
State's Special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Hannah was appointed
by Hillary Clinton. Hannah is interested In Project Tolerance. The topic
of her talk was "Combating Anti-Semitism in an Era without Holocaust
Survivors. " Also attending the conference was Arthur Berger, Senior Advisor
to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.