The Anne Frank Project
The Anne Frank Project
The Anne Frank Project is a complex artistic, theater, and museum event for communities and school children in central West Virginia.
The Anne Frank Project is a complex artistic, theater, and museum event for communities and school children in central West Virginia. Read more
About this project
Help bring Anne Frank to Central West Virginia!
Glenville State College is the cultural center for a ten-county area in central West Virginia. We have the usual educational offerings, plus a program that has begun a higher educational renaissance at GSC: the Hidden Promise Scholars program. This program places middle and high school students in activities that encourage curiosity, drive and research skills in college activities in a variety of settings. It coordinates campus groups to provide these experiences. In these very rural counties, it's the only contact these students have with cultural and historical activities.
That is where our chapter of Alpha Psi Omega comes in. Alpha Psi Omega is a national theatre honorary. Members must have excellent grades and a drive to do things that can change the world through our performances. Our motto is “Seek the life useful.” Our chapter, with full members and honorary members, breaks the mold for a college theatre group.
Now we will team with all the arts at GSC to bring the educational of the Holocaust and especially the Anne Frank story to life. As a part of the total artistic event, we will be sponsoring a world premier play, music performances, and a sculpture installation.
We also need to include the historical elements so important to sharing of this story. We can do historical research for ourselves, but a hands-on exploration of artifacts and professional guidance are just as important in understanding it. We will also be using the exhibit as a research tool and inspiration for our own work as artists: it will be in residence for 2 1/2 weeks before our performances!
The Anne Frank Center USA will provide a traveling exhibit called Anne Frank: A History for Today. It shows the life of the families in hiding in a broad context of events in Holland and Germany at the time through exhibits and artifacts. We have contracted with the organization and reserved the exhibit for April 14-May 4, with our own play and artistic presentations being presented on April 28-May 3, 2014. It will be presented in the Fine Arts Center Gallery.
This will be made available to the whole community immediate ten county region as well as a possible 3,000 school children for whom this story is a vital part of modern history.
This is where you come in.
The overall cost for the exhibit will be $4000 to use and $1070 for shipping it to Glenville State College. We have already raised $800 in funds from our other activities as required for a deposit, but need help with the remaining $4,270. We receive no funding from the college, relying on box office from our various performance, on bake sales, yard sales and campus competitions.
This time, these will just not be enough. If you can help in any way, it’s appreciated.
Risks and challenges
With presenting the exhibit, if we are fully funded, the greatest risk is that the Anne Frank Center, USA is unable for reasons of their own to provide the exhibit. If this is the case, we feel that we have sufficient means at Glenville State to develop a similar exhibit that will outline the ideas that will support our needs. We would already be doing much of the research for our production, but feel that it would be difficult to curate the exhibit while also putting together the rest of the performance and still being college students! We have, in the past ten years, never delayed, postponed or cancelled a performance once it went into production-we adapt and take issues in stride. We will be drawing on an amazing team, all of whom have an intense drive to see this project done!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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