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Project Tolerance

See Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, Week of November 21 edition. News and Events letter all about Project Tolerance.

Project Tolerance: Faces of Anne Frank at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

On exhibit from March 2 till the 28th 2012, at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers, Florida is “Project Tolerance: Faces of Anne Frank.” The opening night is Friday, March 2 at 6 :00. Sanibel artist Myra Roberts’s 30 original oil paintings of Anne Frank’s life took nearly two years to painstakingly create. They depict the innocence and joy that was ultimately lost in Anne Frank’s young life during the Holocaust. Project Tolerance has been endorsed by Jane Goodall, and featured on National Public Radio. Due to the popularity of the show the exhibit at the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida was extended through February.

Anne Frank is widely known for the diary she kept of her and her family’s lives while hiding in an attic from the Nazis. Each finely detailed painting gives viewers a peek inside the life and soul of one of the world’s most recognized Holocaust victims. An exhibit catalog will be available.

“Project Tolerance: Faces of Anne Frank,” is the focus for Roberts’s artistic and social commentary on the intolerance and bigotry that still plagues the world today. “Art that raises consciousness is vital,” Roberts says. “My hope is that through this project, we can make the world a better place to live.”

Fort Myers journalist Ella Nayor is collaborating with Roberts. Nayor’s new book, Faces of Tolerance:Everybody Counts, details the lives of some Holocaust survivors living in Florida. The book also features interviews with people who have been marginalized or faced intolerance and prejudice. Included are the homeless and disabled, and victims of homophobia and racism.

“It is my dream that through our work, we will spark thought and enlightenment about intolerance and hatred,” Nayor says. “If we start taking the time to see each other as people all belonging to one human family, we can begin to live more peacefully as a planet.” Roberts and Nayor also give multimedia educational presentations on the project.

Myra had the honor of talking with Hannah Rosenthal, U.S. Department of

State's Special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Hannah was appointed

by Hillary Clinton. Hannah is interested In Project Tolerance. The topic

of her talk was "Combating Anti-Semitism in an Era without Holocaust

Survivors. " Also attending the conference was Arthur Berger, Senior Advisor

to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.