2013-2014 Education Programs

The Mizel Museum’s education programs use the arts, culture and history to make new connections about one another and the world around us. Topics include intercultural education, lessons of the Holocaust, Jewish culture/civilization and much more. Our programs are tailored to meet curricular needs aligned with Common Core and Colorado State Standards and are adaptable for all ages and available daily. Contact us about scholarships and discounts. View the 2013/14 brochure now.

Discover Jewish life and culture as a vehicle to explore universal themes.
The Mizel Museum’s school programs use the arts, culture and history to inspire students to make new connections with one another and the larger community, which inspires positive contributions to the world. Our exhibits and programs encourage dialogue and individual interpretation of themes that are relevant to students of all ages and backgrounds. Educational tours are tailored to meet specific curricular needs and interests. All schools are invited to participate in these Colorado State Standards-aligned programs. Scholarships are available to schools in need.

Guided Tours of the Permanent Exhibit
4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks
The Mizel Museum’s permanent exhibit is a dynamic journey through art, artifacts and installations that illustrates, narrates and celebrates Jewish history and culture. Among the exhibit’s many elements are the extraordinary photography of Zion Ozeri, original works of artists from Denver and around the world, and fine art installations by local artist Scott Lyon. A central feature of the exhibit is the Community Narratives Project, a compilation of digital stories that serve as “living objects” in the exhibit. Our interactive gallery tour values students’ ideas and questions, promoting critical thinking, creativity and observation skills.

Age-appropriate Interactive Programs
Postcard Adventure, is a compilation of 20 thought-provoking questions relating to the exhibit, honoring the personal perspective of each student while promoting understanding of the Jewish culture.
Scout About transforms the exhibit into a scavenger hunt for answers to questions for younger visitors. Basic questions about the art and installations encourage students to focus and think about themselves while promoting understanding of Jewish culture.
Art projects can be added to your classes’ tour. Steeped in Jewish culture, projects are designed by professional artists to encourage creativity and personal expression.
Add a tour of beautiful Rodef Shalom synagogue, located next door to the museum. This tour fosters a better understanding of the religious component of Jewish culture.

Extend the Journey with Enhancement Programs for Focused Content Areas
Our customized programs allow teachers to extend the Museum experience and “build your own” tour. Have your class visit the exhibit first and then select one of our programs to explore additional content that supports your existing curriculum. Teacher Guides are available with pre-visit activities to prepare students for a focused visit, as well as post-experience materials. Enhancement programs are adaptable and can be presented off-site at your location or school.

Check back for 2013-14 Enhancement Programs.

Traveling Exhibits for Intercultural Learning
The Mizel Museum offers several exhibitions and associated programming that serve as a catalyst for intercultural learning and dialogue in the school community. The exhibits teach students through an interactive presentation of unique themes and rituals from different cultures. Exhibits are available for one- to three-month residencies and include customized classroom and assembly presentations. Exhibits and accompanying programs are adaptable to grades K-12. Call for pricing.

Intercultural Education
Ceremonies and Festivals
This colorful exhibit explores both common and unique themes in Jewish, Asian Pacific, American-Indian, Hispanic and Muslim cultures through celebrations, special events and family traditions. It consists of six exhibit cases, each on wheels, approximately 6’4” high and opening to approximately 6’ wide.

Rites of Passage
This exhibit demonstrates the universal circle of life/birth, coming-of-age, marriage and death—from a cross-cultural perspective. It consists of six exhibit cases, each on wheels, approximately 6’4” high and opening to approximately 6’ wide.

Repair the World: Tikkun Olam
This compelling exhibition by artist Christy Honigman features panels/columns upon which 54 participants from 27 countries offer their visions of a better world through pictures, poems and messages about social justice, compassion and peace. Curriculum includes exploration of language arts, social studies and geography and is available for classroom use. This exhibit consists of moveable free-standing columns that are approximately 7’ high.

Holocaust Awareness
The Triumphant Spirit
This exhibit by Denver photographer Nick Del Calzo features the stories of 18 Holocaust survivors. It consists of ten text panels that are easy to hang and move.

Life Reborn: Displaced Persons in Europe
What happened to Holocaust survivors in the aftermath of liberation? Their remarkable but little-known stories are the subject of this inspiring exhibit documenting the history of the rebirth of Jewish life after the Holocaust. Eight hanging panels are approximately 20” x 24”.

A Living Memorial to the Victims of the Holocaust
Babi Yar Park is an open air memorial to those lost during the Holocaust. Guided tours provide compelling testimony about genocide, history and human rights abuses of the past, and speak to inspiring a symbolic conscience for future generations. Babi Yar Park is located at the corner of Havana and Yale in Southeast Denver.


Page from Petr Ginz Diary

Page from Petr Ginz Diary

The Miryam Brand Holocaust Education Film Project Presents “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz”
October 15-17, 2013
This year The Last Flight of Petr Ginz will be held on October 15-17 at schools around the Denver metro area. The Last Flight of Petr Ginz is a film about an extraordinary young Jewish boy from Prague who perished in the Holocaust. The film is in large part based on Petr’s diary, which was mysteriously discovered 60 years after it was written. Dr. Terry Hynes, former dean of University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, will join this year’s program to share with students her experience researching and producing the film. CLICK HERE to read more. If your school would like to participate in this year’s program please email Deanne Kapnik or call (303) 749-5019. Educational materials are available online at www.petrginz.com.

Monday-Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
First Sunday of the Month 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jewish and National Holidays are observed.
Mizel Museum is closed on Saturdays in observance of Shabbat.
Please visit our website for information about closures or special hours.

400 S. Kearney Street, Denver
Jan C. Nadav, Director of Education & Interpretation
Email Jan or call 303-749-5015
Deanne Kapnik, Director of Special Events & Projects
Email Deanne or call 303-749-5019