York College and community organizations partner to host series on Anne Frank
York College’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and Gordon Center for Jewish Student Life will partner with DreamWrights Center for Community Arts and the York Jewish Community Center to host a series of events highlighting the life of Anne Frank and her legacy of respect in the face of adversity. The series, “From Adversity to Advocacy,” is also part of the CCE’s Hidden Figures Series, a yearlong celebration of the contributions of communities of color and other underserved populations
DreamWrights will present “York, Anne,” a cantata of the life of Anne Frank, at 7 p.m. on March 14-16 and at 3 p.m. on March 16 and 17. “We want our theater patrons to experience Anne’s story cramped in the attic and then leave motivated to continue to fight for the injustices that still occur in today’s world,” said Kate Harmon, DreamWrights marketing coordinator. “While a lot has changed since Anne’s life, a lot remains the same, and there’s more to be done to make everyone feel respected and included.”
A community panel featuring adults and teens from the York community talking about overcoming adversity and being an advocate for others will be hosted at DreamWrights following the 3 p.m. performance on March 16.
Following the closing of the shows, York College’s Center for Community Engagement will present an exhibit, “Let Me Be Myself,” from March 18 March 24. Presented through a generous gift from Mrs. Erda Erdos, the exhibit discusses the life and struggles of Anne from her birth in 1929, to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. It then jumps forward to the present, telling stories of young people today. Exhibit visitors get to learn about their individual identities and personal challenges, as well as discover how strangers respond to them. The exhibit was created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and is distributed in the United States by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.
"The York College Center for Community Engagement is proud to host, as part of its ‘Hidden Figures of York’ series, an exhibition which reminds us of the importance of mutual respect and of making visible the struggles of all people to be free from fear, violence, and bigotry,” said Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of the Center for Community Engagement. “Its goal of remembering the past in order to build an environment of mutual respect has never been more crucial, and it supports the goals for the Center for Community Engagement as a place where all are welcome."