Make a Difference! is a youth exhibition which addresses the lessons of the Holocaust. What choices can a bystander make to become an "Upstander"? What choices have other people made after witnessing injustice and reaching an "enough" moment? Visitors take the perspective of a bystander/upstander while exploring the topic of bullying. The exhibition provides a safe context for students and families to practice making decisions related to standing up for themselves and others.
One frog is getting bullied. It's your job to figure out what to do about it. Students tend to start by using their shadows to deflect balls thrown by the bully. Eventually they move around the room and nudge the "bystander" frogs out of the pond. Once they join the victim, the bully leaves the scene.
After the situation is resolved, an interactive screen prompts children to think about the story. Who was the bystander? Who became an upstander? What did they do to become an upstander? For each question, they cast a vote by casting their shadows onto one of three answers.
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center – Skokie, IL – June 2010 to December 2011
Director of Program Services
Reported to President and CEO and oversaw Exhibitions, Collections, Education, and Marketing Departments. Provided progress metrics to the Board of Directors. Led the $1 million Make a Difference! anti-bullying initiative featuring an exhibition, outreach programs, and a symposium for Chicago-area high school principals. Coached in-house team and managed external vendors in design and installation of permanent and temporary exhibitions, leading to additional school group bookings and increased foundation support.