Illinois Holocaust Museum and Anti-Defamation League Host Family Program to Explore Identity Through Art

Will take place Sunday, July 27, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

SKOKIE – On Sunday, July 27, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will co-present the family program, Who Am I?: Exploring Identity Through Art. Adults and children ages 4 through 14 will explore internal characteristics and traits through the following facilitated, art-based activities:
  • Four to six year olds will enjoy an art and music-based activity drawn from ADL’s “A World of Difference” that helps children respect themselves and others.
  • Seven to nine year olds will participate in ADL’s “What Makes a Group?” that asks children to think about the different groups they belong to and to identify some similarities and differences they share with other participants, allowing children to compare superficial stereotypes and assumptions versus deeper characteristics.
  • Ten to fourteen year olds will use water colors and oil pastels to explore their identity through self-portraiture after being inspired by the Museum’s new special exhibition Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?”consisting of nearly 300 gouache paintings that offer a rare opportunity to experience a coming-of-age story set amidst Nazi oppression.
  • Older siblings and family members will have the opportunity to take a docent-led tour of the Karkomi Permanent Exhibition.
The over-arching theme of this program coincides with the Museum’s Make a Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition—that teaches young people to respect differences—and the new special exhibition Charlotte Salomon: “Life? or Theater?” consisting of nearly 300 paintings that offer a rare opportunity to experience a coming-of-age story set amidst Nazi oppression.
At the conclusion of each breakout workshop, participants will be ushered to the youth exhibition, where Museum docents will be available to facilitate. Families will also be encouraged to explore the rest of the Museum’s galleries including:
The Illinois Holocaust Museum is the largest facility in the Midwest dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the Holocaust and to teaching current generations to fight hatred, indifference and genocide in today’s world. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Learn more at 

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.