USC Shoah Foundation - Official Partners for the Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity
USC Shoah Foundation: Some of the world’s most powerful storytellers will help us tell one of humanity’s most urgent stories.
Earlier today the Holocaust Center held a news conference to announce one of the most significant steps forward since its founding. We are grateful to share with you that we are partnering with USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education to design and develop a unique immersive museum experience for our new Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity planned for downtown Orlando.
It marks the first time USC Shoah Foundation, a world leader in testimony-based research, education and interactive experiences, has teamed with a Holocaust museum to design and implement a ground-up and permanent museum-wide exhibition.
The USC Shoah Foundation team, headquartered in Los Angeles and led by Finci-Viterbi Executive Director and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education Dr. Stephen Smith, said, “For the first time, the eyewitness accounts of the survivors will form the beating heart of a museum dedicated to sharing their stories. We are excited to work with the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida to conceptualize groundbreaking experiences that inspire visitors living in and visiting Orlando for years to come. A recent study shows experiencing the stories of witnesses and survivors is one of the most effective ways to educate about the Holocaust.”
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We are extremely grateful to have received generous support from the City of Orlando and a significant pledge from Orange County through Tourist Development Tax grant funding. Equally important is the support we have received through individual donations and pledges, with the earliest major investments coming from philanthropists Jim Pugh and Jim Shapiro, and the largest commitment being that of Alan Ginsburg and the Ginsburg Family Foundation.
With continued support, we will vastly expand our impact and build on the legacy Tess and Abe Wise started almost four decades ago. We will continue to use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to build a more just and caring community where all people feel safe and respected – one free of antisemitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry. Our new Museum will stand as a beacon of light and a reflection of the City’s values and culture of inclusiveness.
Please check back for the latest news, updates and more exciting progress coming soon! Here is what some of our biggest champions and community leaders are saying about this epic vision for a truly one-of-a-kind Holocaust Museum experience:
With the transformational gift from the City of Orlando of the former Chamber of Commerce building and adjacent park, our community has an unparalleled opportunity to build a new 40,000-square-foot Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity that will challenge the subculture of discrimination and hate in America, while providing a rich, collaborative space where new ideas can emerge with the potential to influence society far beyond the museum’s walls. We invite you to support this historic effort to join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City Council, as well as several generous individuals to help us make this museum a reality.
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