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Elkhart Culture Series

The Elkhart Culture Series is an ongoing series that engages students and community in cultural experiences and opportunities that add value to our schools and the Elkhart community. The Elkhart Culture Series was founded in 2015 and is supported through community partnerships. To date, the Elkhart Culture Series has touched thousands of lives through guests like Freedom Rider Charles Person, Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor, and Human Rights advocate Kerry Kennedy.

The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is Human Rights for the Community. Throughout the school year, students and community will be challenged to reflect on human rights and how human rights impact the Elkhart community. Highlights on this year’s events include:
  • Hotel Rwaanda screening and discussion
  • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Photo Exhibit
  • Write for Change campaign
  • Stage for Change campaign
  • Defenders Fair
  • Rwandan Genocide survivor ​Henriette Nyirarukundo interview

Upcoming Events in the 2017-2018 Elkhart Culture Series

Hotel Rwanda screening
Dates and Locations: Varied, open to the public
In 1994, some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda – and in an era of high-speed communication and around the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, one million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages. Hotel Rwanda is inspired by actual events.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Photo Exhibit
Dates and Locations: Through March 22, 2018, will travel between schools
Public viewing: TBD, Spring 2018
Exhibition of powerful portraits of human rights defenders from around the world, taken by Eddie Adams, the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and recipient of over 500 awards in photography. The exhibition examines issues of human rights around the world, from nuclear disarmament to children in war, from environmental activism to religious self-determination and sexual slavery. A series of large contemporary prints of dramatic portraits featuring Vaclav Havel, Baltasar Garzon, Jaime Prieto Mendez, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Jose Zalaquett, The Dalai Lama, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Patria Jimenez, Juan Mendez, Helen Prejean, Marian Wright Edelman, and Desmond Tutu, among others, form the principal content of the show.

Write for Change
Dates: Submit stories by December 31, 2017
Throughout November and December 2017, students will be collecting stories from throughout their schools and the Elkhart community. Stories encourage writers to describe a time when they felt defined or confined by an aspect of their identity (Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Age, Class, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Ability, etc), felt their voice was silenced or ignored, stereotypes, mental health, and many additional topics. To submit a story for consideration, visit: http://bit.do/elkhartwrite by December 31, 2017.

Stage for Change
Dates and Locations: TBD, Spring 2018
Using stories submitted through Write for Change, Stage for Change is a production that will feature students retelling anonymous stories, as submitted by students, staff, and the broader community. Trained and led by the organization InterAction Inc, who uses storytelling and the arts to build inclusive communities, Elkhart students will use the submitted stories to write performance pieces. Through Stage for Change, art students at both Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial will create sculptures and photography to illustrate the anonymous stories.

Defenders Fair
Date and Location: January 12, 2018, Pierre Moran Middle School, open to the public
Throughout our community, many agencies and advocates support our students and families. Elkhart Community Schools will highlight organizations that support youth, through advocacy, art, literacy, health, and housing. Join us at this fair to learn more about the Human Rights efforts being made in our community.

Rwandan Genocide survivor ​Henriette Nyirarukundo
Date and Location: March 22, 2018, The Lerner Theatre, open to the public
Hear from Rwandan Genocide survivor Henriette Nyirarukundo as she discusses her journey from being pregnant during one of the world’s largest human atrocities to surviving and thriving in Indiana.

Contact Information

​Help create the Culture Series Calendar with us by submitting your ideas here! Contact cultureseries@elkhart.k12.in.us with thoughts, ideas, or suggestions!