For the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, the 2020-21 fiscal year was another period of adaptation, education, and innovation. While we missed the busloads of kids pouring into the museum and bustling rotunda, we learned that it’s possible to carry out our mission in new ways. Whether it was creating a meaningful, transformative Youth Leadership Day experience for middle school students, hosting our weekly Holocaust Speaker’s Series via Zoom, or bringing thousands to the museum virtually, we made an impact. As you will see throughout this annual report, with your support, we managed to reach tens of thousands of individuals in our community and beyond.
In addition to reaching new audiences with our programming, we also managed to create new experiences.
- We launched the #CincyUpstander Project, which included an inspiring city-wide street art campaign.
- We expanded the museum with new technology adding the Dimensions in Testimony Gallery, an exhibit available at only eight other museums in the world.
- We created a new program called Hate at Home in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council to combat antisemitism and hate. Schools, community organizations and universities have engaged in these workshops.
- We piloted new training opportunities for law enforcement to learn about the role of police in Nazi Germany and reflect on their role in a democratic society today.
- We created new virtual experiences that remove geographic boundaries.
- We responded to acts of hate, antisemitism and racism through programming, advocacy and bringing the community together.
- We stepped up to live up to our mission of action by housing the Greater Cincinnati Coalition Against Hate.
Touching the hearts and minds of students is one of the most important ways we carry out our mission. We reached nearly more than 22,000 students during the pandemic and worked with almost 180 educators. We know our work with schools has never been as important as it is today, especially as lawmakers propose legislation that would restrict the teaching of certain concepts and topics in classrooms and could have unintended consequences that would negatively impact Holocaust education in the State of Ohio.
We couldn’t do this work without the help of our board leadership. We would like to thank our outgoing board members Bree Bergman, Peg Conway, Dr. Myrtis Powell, and Father Michael Graham for their outstanding service and commitment. We are pleased to welcome Allison Kropp, Ryan Messer, Robert Schmitt, and Ron Weitzenkorn as new members of HHC’s board.
While we are hopeful that we will be able to offer more in-person experiences this school year and see the return of school buses and community groups, we are also comforted to know that no matter what, our work continues. Thank you for joining us in this effort. Together, we can ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action.
Below, you will find additional information that highlights the ways that HHC made its mark in yet another unprecedented year.
- 7 ways HHC carried its mission forward this year
- What teachers say about HHC’s remarkable offerings
- Check out media coverage of HHC from the past year.
- A Special Thank You: Our donors make our work possible. View a list of our contributors for 2020-2021.