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KET documentary showcases WKU student Holocaust remembrance project


KET documentary showcases WKU student Holocaust remembrance project

For Release: 02/05/18 11:07 AM

For 20 years, students enrolled in Western Kentucky University’s VAMPY (Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth) program – a summer camp for gifted students in seventh through tenth grades – have designed and created art murals about the Holocaust.

KET’s Murals of the Holocaust, premiering Sunday, Feb. 25 at 10:30/9:30 pm on KET, follows students as they work on the 2017 mural and also explores Never Again, an exhibition of past murals at Louisville’s Jewish Community Center.

In conjunction with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and WKU’s Center for Gifted Studies, KET will hold two free public screenings of Murals of the Holocaust:

  • Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 pm ET at the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville
  • Friday, March 2 at 5:30 pm CT at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green

Admission to the public screenings is free, and no tickets or reservations are required.

The documentary includes insights from VAMPY teacher Ron Skillern, who explains that students in the program use the murals as an artistic outlet, after intensive classroom work exploring the rise and fall of the Nazi Party and the danger of being a spectator in the face of atrocity.

The documentary was funded in part by a grant by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. The grant also enabled KET to develop companion curricula for teachers, based on the collection of murals, which will be available on PBS LearningMedia.

Murals of the Holocaust is a KET production, produced by Tom Bickel.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications