Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission Announces Grant Awards

The Holocaust Memorial on the south grounds of the Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission (OHGMEC) has awarded $100,000 in grants to support Holocaust and genocide education throughout the state.

The inaugural grant program was administered by OHGMEC in partnership with Ohio Humanities, a nonprofit organization that shares stories to spark conversations and inspire ideas. Eligible grant applicants were not-for-profit, educational or governmental organizations in Ohio, who provided matching funds for all project proposals.

“The Commission received applications from a wide array of institutions across Ohio, all of which seek to elevate Holocaust and genocide education in our schools and public spaces,” said OHGMEC Executive Director Andrea Brookover. “We are proud to commit grant funding to so many important projects.”

The 2023 grant recipients include:

Maltz Museum in Beachwood, for exhibition support of “The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Lodz Ghetto” to be featured from October 2023 through March 2024

Augusta Chiwy Foundation in Westerville, for research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for use in the filming of Holocaust liberation documentary, A Train Near Magdeburg

Mayfield High School in Mayfield Heights, for the development of a cross-curricular 10th grade unit on genocide

The Ohio State University in Columbus, for the development of a college-level course on genocide with a service-learning component

Youngstown Area Jewish Federation for support of a Holocaust speaker series and multimedia contest for grades 7-12 in Mahoning County schools

Muskingum University in New Concord, for the support for Holocaust public programs and the development of a teacher institute for Holocaust education

Holocaust and Genocide Education Network of Ohio for the support of an educator workshop on the Armenian genocide and transitional justice

Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus for the support of Holocaust education initiatives including a staged production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, a speaker series, and Yom HaShoah commemoration event

Kol Israel Foundation in Beachwood, for the research, design and printing of educational text panels for the Face to Face® Holocaust education program

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, for exhibition support of “From Struggle to Strength: The Inspiring Journeys of Ohio’s Refugee Community” to be featured from January through April 2024

Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington, for the support of an educator seminar provided by Echoes & Reflection for Holocaust education and the Anahata Music Project on Holocaust remembrance

Jewish Community Board of Akron for support of the Akron-Summit Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education’s Arts and Writing Contest

Wooster High School for field trip support to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center in Cincinnati, for support of programs for professional development in Holocaust education and curriculum development through the Teachers Advisory Committee

Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo for the support of the “What You Do Matters” program for law enforcement and civic leaders provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Magnificat High School in Rocky River, for Holocaust survivor presentations and field trip support to visit to the Maltz Museum exhibition “The Girl in the Diary”

The OHGMEC was established by the Ohio General Assembly in December 2020. The Commission is charged with gathering and disseminating Holocaust and genocide educational resources and promoting awareness of issues relating to the Holocaust and genocide while advising state government officials on these relevant issues.

To learn more about the Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission future grant program guidelines, please visit the grants page at holocaust.ohio.gov. Grant funding for other humanities projects can be found on the Ohio Humanities website at ohiohumanities.org.

Andrea Brookover, OHGMEC Executive Director abrookover@ohiohistory.org
Kiley Kinnard, Ohio Humanities Communications Manager kkinnard@ohiohumanities.org