The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity is proud to launch the Cincy Upstander Project.
Through generous funding from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and creative support from the AGAR agency, the Cincy Upstander Project aims to inspire our community to become upstanders through a city-wide art campaign, monthly programs, museum tours, giveaways, and training opportunities.

What is an upstander?

Upstanders are individuals who stand up for others and their rights. They fight against injustice and unfairness, and they use their character strengths to inspire action and become the best of humanity today. They are willing to sacrifice. Anyone can be an upstander, and now is the time to be one.

Ways to Get Involved in the Cincy Upstander Project

Learn from the museum.

The museum at Union Terminal incorporates media, artifacts, art, and interactive exhibitions to share this history and its lessons. It also includes the Humanity Gallery where visitors explore moments, meeting individuals who activated their character strengths to become upstanders and bring change to our community and world. Prepare for your visit today.

Engage with us through a program. 

  • Stay tuned for more Cincy Upstander Project programming coming in 2022!


  • Stay tuned for more Upstander programming in 2022!


Take the character strengths survey.

In this unique time, take the VIA Character Strengths survey to determine what your top character strengths are and how you can leverage them to address challenges and make a difference. Click here to take the survey.

Activate your strengths and make change with our upstander activity boards.

Activate your character strengths to be an upstander with these interactive upstander activity boards! Designed for digital or in-person classroom use, students and individuals can explore how to make an impact and be inspired to become the best of humanity today.

Show you’re an upstander.

upstander mask

When you donate $25 to the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, you will receive a special “Upstander” Mask to wear in public spaces. Donate today and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will ship the mask to you. You can also pick up your mask when you visit the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s Museum at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal. Get yours here.

Show you’re an upstander out in the community by wearing your #cincyupstander shirt. When you purchase one of the shirts from CincyShirts Upstander Collection, a portion of the proceeds go back to the Holocaust & Humanity Center. Browse the collection here.

Read like an upstander.

When you donate $20 to the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, you will receive a copy of Samantha Power’s New York Times-bestselling memoir, The Education of an Idealist, which inspired the March 17, 2021 event. Donate today and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will ship the book to you. Get Yours Here

Nominate an upstander.

Do you know someone who embodies the spirit of an upstander? Nominate them to be featured as the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Upstander of the Week. We’ll share their story on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Their actions can inspire someone else to give back, help others, and become an upstander by activating their character strengths.

Find us out in the community.

mural in over the rhine

With creative support from AGAR, HHC is launching its mural campaign throughout the tri-state region. From West Chester to Over-the-Rhine, you’ll find compelling, interactive designs that help you understand what it means to be an upstander. Stay tuned for more locations to be added to the map. Take your photo in front of one of the murals, and tell us why you’re a #cincyupstander, and we’ll enter to you to win giveaways from the museum and community partners.

MORE: 9 Places to Find the Cincy #UpstanderProject Murals Right Now

MORE: Explore the murals with this #UpstanderProject mural activity

Are you looking for way for your organization, company or school to engage with HHC’s mission? HHC staff can provide personalized digital programs, in-person museum experiences, and even upstander training opportunities for you. Contact us below.

Thank You to Our Community Partners

  • The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
  • AGAR
  • Cincy Shirts
  • Silk Road Textiles