For the past three and a half years, I have explored the writing's therapeutic capacity, working with second generation Holocaust survivors. The "second gen" are children of Holocaust survivors.
Meeting monthly in a workshop setting, these individuals, who were silent about there singular experiences, began writing and discussing. As a former journalist, I knew that the written essays needed a public venue and had historical and academic worth. The second gens' experiences vary exponentially. However, when we began this writing journey, it became apparent that they did share one characteristic. Searching.
Thus, I began the Searching for Identity Project.
By employing words, connecting generations through the creative arts and academic institutions, the SFI Project preserves, captures and acknowledges the second gen's "search for identity," ensuring that their legacy will be understood, inherited and embraced, for no one to deny.
The Searching for Identity Project continues to evolve. Last May, the exhibit was shown at Florida Mining Gallery. Recently, SFI, Through the Lens of the Second Gen was shown at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens as part of the Anne Frank: An Exhibit for Today. Tonight the traveling exhibit will open at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church Narthex Gallery.
Years ago, HAB suffered a ravaging fire, on Christmas Eve. This church, built on love and community outreach, was rebuilt on those principles. Considering learning more about the second gen, ultimately an American immigrant and refugee story. Join me in a reconstructed sacred space and participate in the opening of an exhibit that explores restarting from devastation and reflecting with resilience.
I invite you to attend tonight's opening,